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    Using IPad in bright sunlight

    Was on the pool deck today, trying to take pictures & videos of my son at his swim lessons and was really having trouble fretting the buttons to work. It's like they just wouldn't recognize my touches. The Sun was really bright. I got a few pictures but I would have to duck into the Shade and wait a few minutes. Is this normal? Thx.

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    Not sure what "fretting the buttons" means but iPads do not do well in bright sun. Can't clearly see the screen.
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    Were you wearing sunscreen? I've heard certain lotions can affect the sensitivity of the touchscreen.

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    It was supposed to be "pressing" the buttons, don't know what happened there.

    And, no, sunscreen was not involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donebb
    It was supposed to be "pressing" the buttons, don't know what happened there.

    And, no, sunscreen was not involved.
    If your screen exceeds 70 degrees F the static of the screen is impaired and can't process the difference between you touching the screen or not, also if you have dirt of the screen or on your fingers it can also cause problems for the digital locators the iPad uses to determine where you are touching the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iDeviceGuru View Post
    If your screen exceeds 70 degrees F the static of the screen is impaired and can't process the difference between you touching the screen or not, also if you have dirt of the screen or on your fingers it can also cause problems for the digital locators the iPad uses to determine where you are touching the screen.
    Hi iDeviceGuru - 70 degrees F is hard to believe, IMO - that's the temperature inside an air conditioned building, where one would think that the iPad would function w/o a problem?

    Quoted below are the specs on the 'environmental requirements' of the iPad from Apple support, which imply a much more tolerant touchscreen temperature range, but would be interested if a source or link might be provided for the number you state above - thanks.


    • Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
    • Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

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    Quote Originally Posted by giradman

    Hi iDeviceGuru - 70 degrees F is hard to believe, IMO - that's the temperature inside an air conditioned building, where one would think that the iPad would function w/o a problem?

    Quoted below are the specs on the 'environmental requirements' of the iPad from Apple support, which imply a much more tolerant touchscreen temperature range, but would be interested if a source or link might be provided for the number you state above - thanks.
    Exactly my point. Not operational, the touch screen was said to be working not non operational. In a standard heated room temperature is fine although in direct sunlight that heat can impair the black(heat absorbent) iPad. The tests supplied by Apple are tested in a heat and chill room where the temperature is elevated to find its limits and then dropped to its limits, in a room is different from the ultra rays emitted from the sun.

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    If one is standing in direct sunlight with an iPad for a good length of time in the summer, it is possible that the surface temp on the iPad could exceed 95 deg F. I've seen temps around 120 deg F on objects (not my iPad) in direct sunlight when the temp in the shade is in the 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC
    If one is standing in direct sunlight with an iPad for a good length of time in the summer, it is possible that the surface temp on the iPad could exceed 95 deg F. I've seen temps around 120 deg F on objects (not my iPad) in direct sunlight when the temp in the shade is in the 90s.
    Exactly what I was saying.

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    Well, I can easily understand (from the specs quoted in my previous post) why in prolonged exposure to the sunlight that the surface of the iPad screen might heat up to 95+ degrees F or above, and THEN cause a potential problem; however, the original suggestion by iDeviceGuru implied that even a 70 degree F temp could be a problem - I'm still awaiting an explanation for that temperature level?


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