March 20, 2012
Consumer Reports is jumping on the story that could soon be called “heatgate.” The U.S. watchdog group is said to be investing online reports that Apple’s latest iPad overheats, according to Reuters. According to a spokesman, Consumer Reports is now testing the new iPad to see whether it overheats likes many have claimed. The organization promises to publish its findings later today. Earlier today, Apple released the following statement concerning the alleged heating issues:
"The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”Earlier today, we reported that Tweakers.net ran a five-minute GLBenchmark on the new iPad and determined it reached 92.5 Fahrenheit (33.6 degrees centigrade) versus 82.9 Fahrenheit (28.3 centigrade) for the iPad 2. In 2010, Consumer Reports was very critical of the iPhone 4, in what later became know as “antennagate.” The organization said that Apple’s then-newest handset didn’t work properly when held a certain way. Eventually, Apple offered early adopters free iPhone cases to resolve the issue. Last fall, the company released the iPhone 4S, which included a different type of antenna. We’ll let you know Consumer Reports' test results when they become available. Stay tuned.