Upcoming iPad may undergo minor revisions to address overheating concerns

All power comes at a price and today’s increasingly thin and powerful tablets sometimes have to pay a very big price in exchange for power – overheating. Tablets have little or no ventilation, meaning manufacturers have to increasingly focus on design and tweaks to make sure the devices don’t overheat. Apple, being one of the major players in the tablet market is trying to be very careful with regards to its tablets overheating and is all set to fix any possible issues. The Cupertino-based company is said to be working on a minor redesign of the latest iPad in a bid to prevent overheating issues.

According to reports, the latest iPad will undergo minor revisions with its backlight module being modified to have only one LED structure, instead of the two LED structure used in the current version. DigiTimes, citing supply chain sources, reported that the company is also going to enlarge the tablet’s camera lens cavity. According to the report, the extra LED is apparently causing overheating as more LEDs to provide more backlight causes more power to be used.

No overheating on new iPad!

No overheating on new iPad!


The latest version of the iPad may also be a tad lighter and thinner than the current version as Apple is said to be also working on revisions to the battery in order to minimize overheating. “The sources said the new iPad's battery is also being revised, which will help prevent overheating issues and could possibly make the device slightly lighter and thinner than previously designed. However, no comments were offered as to why the lens is being enlarged,” the report reads.

Quoting Chinese-language Apple Daily, the report added that Sharp is manufacturing two million units of indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panels for the upcoming iPad. Apparently, IGZO panel technology will enable the iPad to be even thinner and have even longer battery life. The report also states that the new iPad is likely to be launched in the upcoming holiday season.

Apple is also said to be bringing out a seven-inch version of the iPad, popularly known as the iPad mini. Reports state that the iPad mini will measure between seven to eight inches diagonally and probably be out before the end of the year. As for pricing, the new device will probably have a price closer to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, both of which have seven-inch screens and cost $199. This would make their pricing extremely competitive and since Apple has a track record of launching extremely popular tablets, their competitors could possibly have a hard time competing and would once again resort to playing catch up.


The current version of the iPad is only slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor - the iPad 2. However, in terms of its internal specifications, Apple has bumped up the new iPad to a whole new level with it having some neat features, such as a Retina Display, a dual-core A5X processor, quad-core GPU, iSight camera and a larger battery, just to name a few.

Published Date: Jul 06, 2012 06:17 pm | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2012 06:17 pm