Saturday, March 24, 2012

Don't stop charging that 'new iPad' just because it says 100 percent: report

Think your "new iPad" charges slowly? It's something that's been noticed by quite a few people, but really, it's to be expected: the battery on the new iPad is much larger than on the iPad 2. Still, if you really want a full charge, you need to let it charge for up to an hour after the device says it's at 100 percent charge.

Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, creator of DisplayMate and author of a new report about the third-generation iPad (he also hammered Apple for what he called marketing puffery with regard to the iPhone 4's "retina display"), says the device continues to charge well after iOS says that it's reached full battery capacity. Soneira made the statement in a report he called the "new iPad Display Technology Shoot-Out." He said,

"Note that the batteries do not actually reach full charge when 100% is shown and need up to an extra hour before the charging actually stops."

There's that "up to" statement, which means that the device "may" not need that long an overcharge to reach full capacity. Also, according to Soneira, Apple's new iPad is not the only device to fool users into thinking it's fully changed when it's not: they all do it, he said.
Of course, considering just how much extra battery capacity Apple added to the new iPad to keep its battery lifespan the same despite the addition of LTE, the A5X processor, and other upgrades, it's an obvious challenge to top off the device. The new iPad's battery has 42.5 watt hours of capacity, up 70 percent from the iPad 2's 25 watt hours.

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