“We’re doing some scientific analysis with thermal imaging,” said James McQueen, a spokesman for the consumer- review company. “We’re also going to check with our health experts, to see whether it’s an injury risk.”
The new model generates higher temperatures than iPad 2, according to websites including Engadget, which cited a study by Dutch site Tweakers.net that found the tablet runs hotter by 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Some consumers in online discussions have cited high temperatures with the iPad. Consumer Reports plans to publish its findings later today, McQueen said.
The new device operates “well within our thermal specifications,” Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in a statement. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”
When Apple released the iPhone 4, Consumer Reports declined to recommend it, saying it dropped calls when gripped a certain way. After initially playing down the matter, which became known as “Antennagate,” Apple gave out free cases and issued a software update designed to fix the glitch.
It’s too soon to say whether Consumer Reports’ findings could affect an endorsement of the iPad, McQueen said.