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Apple responds to reports of new iPad heat issues, says it operates 'within our thermal specifications'

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Reports of the new iPad's increased heat production compared to the iPad 2 have been growing since it launched last Friday, but Apple believes its new device is operating normally.

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Reports that the new iPad (Check out our iPad review) generates more heat than the iPad 2 have been growing since it launched last Friday, but Apple believes its new device is operating normally. We just talked to Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller, who said that "the new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare." While many Apple product launches are followed by reports of potential issues, Apple doesn't usually see fit to respond publicly to them unless there's a major public outcry (like with the iPhone 4's widely-reported antenna issue). Those of us who have spent time with the new iPad haven't noticed any serious heat issues — it's occasionally a little warmer, but not in any notable way. Apple is clearly standing by the new iPad for now, but we'll be watching to see if the company identifies this as a more serious issue.