"Toasted Skin Syndrome" as some superpowered laptops can, but it IS noticeable, just as the extra weight and extra girth of the new device are.
A little warmer isn't a big issue. However, there are reports popping up on the Apple support forums and elsewhere. One even said it got so hot it hurts to hold it.
Another said his new iPad displayed an overheating warning and shut down to cool off.
Of course, that's a benchmark. When would you expect any computing device to get hottest? That's right, while gaming. Consumer Reports took a new iPad for a spin on Infinity Blade II, propped up on a Smart Cover, 4G off, wi-fi on. Ambient room temperature was 72 degrees, and the results were:
- When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees hotter than an iPad 2)
- When plugged in, the new iPad hit 116 degrees (12 degrees hotter than an iPad 2).
Even if the concerns are valid it will take Apple some time to respond. For now, we have only the company's typically vague initial response, from Apple PR's Trudy Muller:
“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.”