Con­sumer watch­dog warns new ipads are hot to han­dle

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SAN FRAN­CISCO | A vaunted con­sumer watch­dog or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day warned that Ap­ple’s new ipad is a bit hot to han­dle.

U.S. non­profit prod­uct test­ing group Con­sumer Re­ports re­ported that the new-gen­er­a­tion ipad with its more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor hit tem­per­a­tures as high as 116 de­grees Fahren­heit, par­tic­u­larly when run­ning video games.

“It does run warmer than its pre­de­ces­sor,” Con­sumer Re­ports spokesman James Mcqueen said of the third-gen­er­a­tion ipad.

“Peo­ple need to ex­er­cise cau­tion,” he con­tin­ued. “We are not say­ing it is a dan­ger­ous prod­uct, but 116 de­grees can be a lit­tle un­com­fort­able.”

Con­sumer re­ports said the new ipad got about 12 de­grees warmer than the ipad 2 tablet while per­form­ing the same in­ten­sive tasks, such as video games or down­load­ing large files.

One rear corner of the new ipad ap­peared to be a hot spot.

Ap­ple did not respond to Agence France-presse re­quests for com­ment, but prior to the re­lease of the Con­sumer Re­ports ther­mal anal­y­sis is­sued a public state­ment say­ing that the new ipad op­er­ates “well within our ther­mal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.”

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