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Apple iPad3 probed for reports of excess heat

3rd version of tablet, due to hit Mideast soon, has sold around 3m units since launch

Apple iPad3 probed for reports of excess heat
The third iteration of the iPad hit store shelves on Friday and about 3m units have moved so far. (AFP/Getty Images)

An influential US consumer watchdog is investigating
online reports that Apple new iPad throws off an unusually large amount
of heat and will publish its findings this week.

Consumer Reports, which reviews everything from
electronics to cars, noticed comments on online forums and on Apple's website
about excessive heat from the new device, which went on sale Friday, and
decided to look into the issue, a spokesman said.

The group was due to publish its findings on Tuesday
after finishing a battery of tests, the spokesman added.

An Apple spokeswoman said the iPad was "within
our thermal specifications."

The third iteration of the iPad hit store shelves on
Friday and about 3m units have moved so far, the company has said.

Reviews have generally been good for a gadget that
experts say falls short of being revolutionary, focusing on the iPad's ability
to take advantage of faster 4G wireless technology as well as a sharper

On Friday, before comments about excessive heat began
circulating online, Consumer Reports said in its preliminary review that the
iPad was "shaping up as the best tablet yet".

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Trendstop.com 8 years ago

Does anyone have experience on what happens if the device is left in hot sun for a while? The iPhone overheats really easily in the sun. Why not introduce a device with a built-in solar charger, which can both convert heat into usable energy, and keep you Pad charged outdoors?