Apple ‘iPad 3′ Sells 3 Million Units In Debut Weekend, Customers Complain Of Overheating
Apple on Monday announced that it would use $45 billion in cash-on-hand to offer it’s first dividend since 1995 and with 3 million new iPads being sold this weekend the company can most certainly afford that offering.
That number of units more than triples Apple’s iPad 2 sales during its first weekend of release and shows a drastic increase over the original iPad which took 28 days to top one million units sold.
Not only are users buying more of the device, they are getting more for their money. The Los Angeles Times tore down the device and found that buyers of the 32-gigabyte version with 4G wireless are receiving a tablet that costs $375 to produce while is more than 50% of the tablet’s MSRP.
In comparison the iPad 2 cost just $335 to build with the same price tag.
In the meantime there might be some bad news for Apple, according to the Huffington Post various users are complaining about overheating issues that can easily push the devices core temperature over 100 degrees.
Here are several complaints from Apple Discussion Boards:
My 64gb, wifi/LTE new ipad is 96.8 degrees currently (and must have crafty artificial intelligence because it’s as if it KNEW I’d brought out my laser temperature scanner and cooled down for reading). It has been very hot to hold, lower left side, since first use. I’ll continue to monitor with scanner…
Mine is a 64 with WIFi and LTE – LTE not hooked up yet – got hot enogh that I measured with infared thermometer and it was 117 degree after 10 minutes – my little boy says its too hot to hold – (Great !) but seriously its not comfortable and I will be returning to the store
In some cases the display is getting so hot that an error screen appears that makes the device freeze up with the message: ”iPad needs to cool down before you can use it.”
With a larger display and bigger graphics chip along with the option 4G LTE chip which are all powered by a larger battery Apple may be faced with a much needed update to stop overheating.
Are you surprised by the Apple iPad 3′s success and have you witnessed any tablet overheating?