For anyone hoping to use the iPad in the car, be aware of reports that the iPad shuts down in heat or direct sunlight.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on July 23 claiming the iPad is “virtually unusable” under conditions of direct sunlight or warm outdoor temperatures. The iPad shuts off after just a few minutes of use, in some cases, said the suit, filed in the Northern District of California seeking damages and an injunction against Apple.
The iPad’s screen is said to go dark and then read “iPad needs to cool down,” after about 10 to 12 minutes in the heat or sunlight.
PCWorld says the problem may be real (although the lawsuit seems a bit over the top). The AtlanticWire and PC Magazine have reported the problem in the past.
But Scosche which has been testing the device told us, “We have not experienced any issues with over heating during out test. Using the iPad in normal conditions in the car or on the beach has not been an issue.”
Installer SoundMan Car Audio of Santa Clarita, CA (which has performed 7 iPad installs) said, yes, the device shuts down in the heat so installations must allow for removing the device. “If you leave it in the car, especially in Southern California, it will shut down,” said Doug Bernards. “When you are driving in the car, its fine,” unless, of course, you don’t like air conditioning.
The suit was filed by Jacob Baltazar, Claudia Keller and John R. Browning who seek relief for themselves and on behalf of anyone who purchased the iPad. The suit notes that Apple’s advertising materials fail to warn of the problem. It says “the iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer’s expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use either outdoors, or in many other warm conditions…”