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Repair Labs Diagnoses iPad 3 Overheating Problem


Repair Labs recently did a very scientific experiment by turning on both an iPad 2 and the new iPad and setting them to play movies on Netflix. Repair Labs took an initial temperature reading of the back of the iPads while they played their respective shows - the iPad 2 ran at 24° C (75° F) and the new iPad 3 ran at 27° C (80° F). That’s roughly a 5° difference within minutes of booting up the two devices and starting their programs.

In a recent online interview with the owner of Repair Labs, Sean Hennessy stated: “Since our technicians wanted to get to the root of the problem, we cracked open both iPads and took readings of various components. After several readings, we determined it was the new A5X quad-core processor that was putting out so much heat. You can see the measuring in the video below. Our basic findings showed us that the presumably ceramic A5 chip in the iPad 2 runs around 27° C, whereas the new iPad 3 A5X processor was running at 36° C. In Fahrenheit, the iPad 3 A5X runs 17° hotter than the processor in the iPad 2. As explained in the video, the chips are made of different materials; we believe the A5 is ceramic, where the A5X is obviously metallic. For more information please visit our blog at”

Mr. Hennessy also stated: “For those curious, we tested the battery and retina and found while they were warmer than their equivalents on the iPad 2, it was only that A5X chip that was putting out that much of a heat difference. Keep in mind that the internal temperature was 17° warmer, whereas the back of your housing is only 10° warmer at most. That means the aluminum housing and a special rubber thermal gasket cut down the heat that makes it to your hand by 7° F.”

Repair Labs has been in business for over a decade and is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. They focus on iPhone, Macbook and iPad Repair.

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