There’s been a lot of buzz about the new iPad and all of its drawbacks – most of which are either due to a misunderstanding of how things work, or typical inconveniences faced by nearly all early adopters. Here are a few of said drawbacks and what we’ve found on them:
The New iPad is ‘Too Hot to Handle’
It’s been making headlines everywhere – the new iPad has such an overheating problem that it could possibly do some damage to your skin, or at least cause a little discomfort. Hell, it might even catch fire and burn your house down if you’re not careful! Folks with thermal cameras have even compared the new iPad with previous models and have evidence that it runs warmer – so it must be true, right?! Partially. The new iPad does in fact run between two to 10 degrees warmer than previous models, but it’s nothing to worry about. PCWorld put the claims to the test by comparing the new iPad with similarly specced Android tablets during gameplay as well as charging – the results? Pretty damn close. There’s a lot of powerful hardware under the hood of the new iPad, so naturally it’s going to run slightly hotter… but it is by no means any type of serious heat problem.
Failure to report proper charge level or overcharging
We’ll let this one slide. Considering the ever growing popularity the iPad has been seeing, a majority of consumers aren’t die-hard Mac users, so they probably don’t understand the way Apple products handle charging. In order to prevent overcharging and prolong battery life, the circuitry of iDevices is designed to allow for extended periods of charging.
Ina Fried of All Things Digital explains,
“Apple does, in fact, display the iPad (and iPhone and iPod Touch) as 100 percent charged just before a device reaches a completely charged state. At that point, it will continue charging to 100 percent, then discharge a bit and charge back up to 100 percent, repeating that process until the device is unplugged.”
So what is actually happening when people report overcharging is just the opposite.
Slow speeds when on 4G networks
If you know anything about data plans and wireless providers, then you can skip this one. If not, and you’re experiencing slow mobile connectivity – we feel your pain. But it has nothing to do with the device itself. Most wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon allow unlimited data speeds up until a certain point, then they’ll limit your speeds. It’s a great idea, for Verizon and AT&T that is. The maximum data plan for most providers maxes out at around 5 gigs and can cost upwards of 50 bucks a month – so while you can “browse the web, stream content, or download a movie at blazing-fast speeds,” you won’t be able to do so in huge doses… unless browsing the Web at sluggish speeds doesn’t bother you.
Display Has Yellow Hue
There’s actually some truth in this one, unfortunately. The problem is definitely unsettling, and the new iPad isn’t even the first iDevice to have this problem – the yellow tint that some users are experiencing seems to be caused by the Silane Z-6011 adhesive that bonds the glass panel to the screen. Due to Apples brutal release schedule, the devices are being rolled out so fast that the adhesive doesn’t have sufficient time to dry – resulting in a Retina display with yellow blotches. Good job, Apple. In most cases however, all you need to do is wait a few days and the solution should dry up. If the problem persists though, you’ll need to make a visit to your local Apple store and swap it out for a new one.