Apple Sued for iPad Overheating

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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…”

Source: Scott Cole & Associates via PCWorld

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5 Comments

  1. I find it quite amazing that people will sue anyone for just about anything. Guess what folks… If you don’t like the product or if you don’t feel that it meets what “you” think it should for capabilities, then RETURN IT! Get your money back! Have a nice day! That’s your course of action. Filing a lawsuit “on behalf of others” is ridiculous. Really, go find something else to do with your time besides trying to annoy a company like Apple.

    Some people really need a life…

  2. My Escort Radar “TEMP TEMP TEMP” powering down….
    Im with Doug.. Remove the unit & be happy..
    The iPad install in the shops F-350 with be done in a short time..
    We plan on installing a Stinger Crossflow fan & be able to remove it..

  3. While “shutting off” due to excessive heat may be an entirely different problem, ANY product that has an LCD screen of ANY kind will most likely go “black” and stop working if left in direct sunlight for any length of time.

    It’s simple physics at that point, the “liquid” in the screens gets too hot and rather than responding to the minute electrical impulses required to make the screen do magical things like display text, show color pictures, etc., the liquid is unresponsive and generally just goes to a chaotic state of “turning on” the pixel and then can’t turn it off.

    The same applies to cold temperatures in LCD/LED displays, if the items get too cold, say below 25F, then the “liquid” in them becomes very sluggish and unresponsive, until they warm up to their more ambient operating temperatures.

    Looking at Apple’s website, it CLEARLY states in the operating specs on the Ipad’s main page for temperature as: “Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)”

    If some people can’t understand that, and add the bonus that we’re having the hottest summer on record for a long time, well then, maybe sophisticated electronic devices are not for them.

    If you took your 42″ LCD TV outside in direct sunlight, it would probably not work right at around 100F as well. It’s common sense at that point.

  4. Sun and electronics DO NOT work well together.

    Any walkman users, anybody with a black car car tell you it used to melt cassettes!

    What’s next, Sue because it doesn’t work under water, Some people are ignorant.

    My2¢

  5. i have had that happen with my iphone 3g, but just once. and it was in the truck for a while in the sunlight. my bet would be that almost all personal electronic devices will have the same problem under the same conditions. spunds like someone or some people need to relax and unsderstand that it is not Apple’s fault; its the fault of all electronics. a reasonable person cannot expect anything electronic to perform under adverse (direct sunlight or over 100 degrees F) conditions. Apple ans Steve Jobs do an absolutely outstanding job at giving us what we desire…all of us. and this is how we repay all their hard word and research. dont be stupid.

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