Using IPad in bright sunlight

Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by donebb, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. donebb
    Offline

    donebb iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    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.
  2. Wolfpuppies3
    Offline

    Wolfpuppies3 iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    732
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Virginia, USA
    Ratings:
    +10 / 1
    Not sure what "fretting the buttons" means but iPads do not do well in bright sun. Can't clearly see the screen.
  3. STeBoS
    Offline

    STeBoS iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    61
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Were you wearing sunscreen? I've heard certain lotions can affect the sensitivity of the touchscreen.

    Please read comic books
  4. donebb
    Offline

    donebb iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    It was supposed to be "pressing" the buttons, don't know what happened there.

    And, no, sunscreen was not involved.
  5. iDeviceGuru
    Offline

    iDeviceGuru iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    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.

    The iDevice Guru
  6. giradman
    Offline

    giradman iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    3,443
    Thanks Received:
    774
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +830 / 0
    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. :)


  7. iDeviceGuru
    Offline

    iDeviceGuru iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    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.

    The iDevice Guru
  8. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,418
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    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.
  9. iDeviceGuru
    Offline

    iDeviceGuru iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Exactly what I was saying.

    The iDevice Guru
  10. giradman
    Offline

    giradman iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    3,443
    Thanks Received:
    774
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Ratings:
    +830 / 0
    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? ;)
  11. HKey_Current_User
    Offline

    HKey_Current_User iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    63
    Thanks Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Columbus, GA
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0
    I'm interested as well. Perhaps it should be 70 degrees C?
  12. mach5k
    Offline

    mach5k iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Messages:
    41
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I use my iPad while. Coaching my daughters soccer team including a tournament last weekend in 95 degree heat and had no issues. Just need sunglasses to help read the screen in the bright sunlight
  13. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,418
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    Good info! I didn't realize that sunglasses would help in reading the screen while outside.

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
can ipad be read in the sunlight
,
can you read the ipad air in the sun
,
cannot read ipad mini in sunlight
,
cannot read my i pad in sunlight
,
cant read my ipad in the sunlight
,

how can i read my ipad in the sun

,
how is ipad in bright sunlight
,
how to read ipad in sunlight
,
how to read with an ipad in bright sunlight
,
how to use ipad in bright sun
,
how to use ipad in sunlight
,
i pad use in bright sunlight
,
ipad bright sun
,

ipad in bright sunlight

,
ipad in sunlight
,
read ipad mini in sunlight
,
taking pics in bright sunlight with an ipad
,
using ipad in sunlight
,
using my ipad in bright sunlight
,
view ipad in bright light