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iPads Don't Like The Heat, So Let's Sue!

July 27, 2010

Apple is being hit with another lawsuit, this time concerning the iPad. The lawsuit contends that since Apple's device turns itself off in high temperatures (to protect itself), the company deserves to be sued.

According to Bloomberg:
The complaint, filed July 23 in federal court in Oakland, California, seeks unspecified damages and class action, or group, status. It claims the iPad “does not live up to the reasonable consumer’s expectations created by Apple” because it “overheats so quickly under common weather conditions.”
The iPad has a 9.7-inch touch-screen display that lets users read books and magazines, view videos, play games and surf the Internet. In direct sunlight, the tablet “turns off, sometimes after just a few minutes of use,” according to the complaint.

According to Apple's technical documents, the iPad can be operated in a place where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause the device to temporarily stop working properly. When this happens, the following message may appear:

"iPad needs to cool down before you can use it."

So let's get this straight: Apple creates a product that protects itself (and its owner's pocketbook) in high-temperature conditions, and this justifies a lawsuit? Sounds crazy to me!

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