March 29, 2012

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iPad 3 is hot? Try the original 3G/4G chips

An iPad 3. I know, it looks just like an iPad 2… er iPad 1… er…
I’m a little confused about all the current fuss over the iPad 3 (sorry… “The New iPad”) and its

love of warm temperatures. An electronic device is warm — this is astonishing? Really, It’s all Consumer Reports fault for being… antiquated.

God forbid I actually defend an Apple product, but this is mostly me bashing on stupidity (rather than Apple, for a change). Consumer Reports published their article titled "

Our test finds new iPad hits 116 degrees while running games” and all the people of the world freakout because this is A GINORMOUS NUMBER! Really, I mean, it’s huge. It’s not like it’s even been that warm in California, Indiana or Utah (note: These are geographic regions not gadget code names).

Some call it fire, I call it fun.
Oh wait, it has. There are

numerous devices out there with similar issues (and yes, I could have linked more, but I got bored at 4). I’ve had numerous 3G and 4G devices that really cook. Not because the processor is warm, but because the cellular chipsets really kick out a substantial amount of heat when they are transferring data.

This is a notebook
Also, do you remember laptops… err notebook PCs? Do you know why it isn’t PC (Politically Correct) to call this PC (Personal Computer) a laptop any more? Because they got too hot for our laps. I cannot remember anyone ever calling a notebook a notebook in the early days because a notebook was something that contained paper. Eventually though, they got too hot to safely hold on a lap (for any significant length of time) and were re-christened the notebook.

So where were we… Oh yes.

Dear Consumer Reports,

Modern electronics generate heat. It is a fact of life. Unless the heat is dangerous (i.e. it will burn you) or is significantly uncomfortable in a portable device (e.g. a cell phone that’s too hot to hold)… please shut up. Thanks.


— Jon