People rushed in lines to buy their own brand-new and most rumored iPad and during the weekend the company dealt with selling as never before, but only after almost a week since its release, issues of the tablet started to come into the open.
People are charmed by the Retina Display; everybody agrees that it is indeed “the best display ever on a mobile device.” The powerful A5X chip and the 10 hours life battery gained the trust of the Apple fans and assured them of the new iPad’s performances. Anyway, it seems that some things are not as “razor-sharp” as expected and Apple might have some dues to pay.
Dr. Raymond Soneira, display expert and president of DisplayMate, unveiled after an in-depth analysis two weak points of the Retina Display. Judging after how Apple defined the screen of the new iPad, the “Retina Display” designation is justified, but according to Dr. Soneira, the retina would require 458 pixels minimum per inch to gain the distinctive “true acuity.”
Also, the display of the new iPad “uses 2.5 times the Backlight power of the iPad 2 for the same screen Brightness,” due to the doubled number of LEDs, loosing points also for efficiency.
Reports that people are having trouble charging their new iPad appeared on Apple’s forums. The cause might be the 10W charger that is not able to cope with the power needs of the battery. And folks might be right; the Mac Book Air has a battery almost similar to that of the iPad but a 4 times bigger charger.
Gizmodo tests unveiled that the new iPad accepted neither a charge from a high-powered USB 2.0 port/cable.
Customers and infrared tests proved that Apple’s new tablet is hotter that the iPad 2 from all points of view. While running, the A5X chip over- heats with 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) more than its predecessor. Anyway, this should not be of great importance because the degrees integrate within Apple’s specified operating temperature of 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Secondly, customers reported that the new iPad reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit while playing “Infinity Blade II” and this does not integrate with the specified temperature. When plugged, the tablet heated to 116 degrees and wasn’t even charging.
There are also customers that claimed they did not notice a heat difference in the new iPad.
All in all, it seems that heavy use might not be the new iPad’s cornerstone, though Apple says that the new iPad operates “well within our thermal specifications.”
Source: AppleInsider, Gizmodo, AppleInsider