An influential US watchdog has tempered claims that the new iPad overheats, amid a welter of testimonies about the problem on user forums.
Earlier this week it emerged that the tablet is producing what some early adopters perceive as an abnormal amount of heat. The problem is reportedly causing some new iPads to shut down and serve up a warning message that it needs to cool down before it can be used again.
Today, however, Consumer Reports, whose reach in the US is broadly comparable to Which?, has played down the issue in a hands-on investigation.
Although acknowledging that the device still being informally dubbed the iPad 3 became seven degrees hotter than the iPad 2 during tests, the site notably made no claims that this was hampering usability.
Donna Tapellini, of Consumer Reports, stated: "During our tests, I held the new iPad in my hands.
“When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period."
Apple has yet to offficially acknowledge reports that its latest tablet has overheating problems. But we’ll be sure let you know if it does…