I'm wondering about a translucent soft "silicon" type cover for the new iPad. Do you experienced folks think that's a good idea?
I know excess heat is bad for the battery & internal components - do you think that type of cover would be potentially damaging?
my 3rd generation 64GB 4G doesn't get very warm at all, but you may check your brightness setting. If it is too bright it may be draining the battery a bit faster and this will surely cause it to warm up as well as the power dissipated through the backlight (more than the iPad2) will also generate some heat.
Should not be a problem. I keep mine in a case for the purpose of protecting it. Just make sure the ports are open. Also, keep the brightness at bay. For me, I rarely use my iPad outside so there is no need to turn the brightness to 100% as some do.
Originally Posted by janner43
We need to remember that excess heat to a computer is not the same thing as excess heat to humans, to a degree that is. Obviously, 500F will kill an iPad as easily as it would kill a human, but the iPad getting to 116 deg F (measured by me) under intense load on occasion is really not an issue. That's not really hot in iPad terms. But do keep in mind that if you turn the screen brightness to max, play a graphics intensive game outside in direct sunlight in summer, your iPad could get to a temp where it might decide to shut down. As a computer, it has no active cooling system, so all heat must diffuse away from the device into the surrounding air. So, pay attention to how you are using it. Play in a cool, air conditioned room with the screen brightness far from max. It might get warm to the touch, but that is ok unless it shuts down.