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Using the iPad outside is a risky proposition on hot summer days as it will often overheat and die.  (Source: Say iPad)

A copy of the pending class action against Apple for the iPad overheating issues.  (Source: Apple Insider)
Well, I'm hot blooded, check it and see/ I got a fever of a hundred and three

What good is a book you can't read in sunlight? That's the challenge being posed in a new lawsuit against Apple, that claims that Apple falsely advertised the device as a book replacement, when in reality it overheats and dies in sunlight on hot days.  

The heat problems were noticed soon after the unit's release.  Summer weather isn't kind to the tightly-packed tablet, which appears to have issues dissipating waste heat.

The tablet heats up to 113 degrees F relatively frequently when used outdoors under a hot, sunny summer day.  The unit then shuts off to protect itself.  A trip to the fridge can often revive the units, but by then your opportunity for a noontime read may have come and gone.

The new suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the North District of California last week, complains, "Using the iPad is not 'just like a reading book' at all since books do not close when the reader is enjoying them in the sunlight or in other normal environmental environments.  The iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use either indoors, or in many other warm conditions, for a variety of common uses such as, but not necessarily limited to, an e-reader, e-mail tool, Web browser and/or game/entertainment unit."

The suit, filed on behalf of iPad buyers Jacob Baltazar, Claudia Keller and John R. Browning seeks class status, meaning that any iPad buyer would be eligible if the suit gets approved.  

Overheating devices may be unpleasant, but they generally aren't class action suit fodder.  However, Apple's claim that using the iPad is "just like reading a book" opens it to claims of misrepresentation and deceptive advertising. 

The suit accuses the company of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive advertising practices, intentional misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and unfair business practices under the Unfair Competition Act.  The group wants a trial by jury and wants to "punish" Apple with punitive damages, which they say will "deter others from engaging from similar misconduct in the future."  The group is also seeking standard damages.

Attorney Scott Edward Cole with Scott Cole & Associates is representing the pending class in the case.

Despite the heating issues and other minor problems, the iPad's promising concept has propelled it to some impressive early sales and it shows no signs of slowing down.

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By Awax on 7/28/2010 8:33:52 AM , Rating: -1
Right from Apple Website :
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

So any direct sunlight "under a hot, sunny summer day" will easily exceed 95°F.

Nothing to see here, please move along.

By JackBurton on 7/28/10, Rating: -1
By Gul Westfale on 7/28/2010 9:19:26 AM , Rating: 1
so you bought a device that can only be used "when steve jobs says the temperature is just right"?

that's like buying a car and only being allowed to drive it on certain roads, because the highway is out of its operating specifications.

By Mitch101 on 7/28/2010 9:35:39 AM , Rating: 3
There might be additional factors here as every person I know with an iPad has it in some sort of leather book style binder which Im sure is preventing the device from dissipating heat like it was designed.

Still like I said in another post the device should be able to detect the heat and downclock or shut itself down before the device damages itself. I can only guess the iPad has poor Thermal protection for itself. I guess no one at Apple owned a AMD Duron processor and put the fan on wrong.

By Smilin on 7/28/2010 9:48:47 AM , Rating: 5
Thaqt's kind of a funny point. It *should* be able to detect heat and shutdown just portions of the processor...after all Apple "owns" that technology and is suing others over it.

By Wiggy Mcshades on 7/28/2010 9:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
Every electronic device has an operating temperature range. It's part of the design process to figure out what temperatures a device will operate normally at after you build it. Steevoo has nothing to do with that particular part of the design process is my guess.

By cknobman on 7/28/2010 9:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
Article never states the atmosphere temperature the plaintiffs were using the ipad in.

94 degrees F is by all means considered a hot summer day and within the apple specified operating temperature.

If the ipad overheats in these conditions then they loose.

Deceptive advertising and breech of contract it will be.

By Wiggy Mcshades on 7/28/2010 9:52:41 AM , Rating: 2
It could say the thing flies and if you had good enough legal team then you could still win the case. The United States legal system works great, for those who have good lawyers or know someone. There's no need to pretend you know how the case will work out.

By bfellow on 7/28/10, Rating: 0
By tng on 7/28/10, Rating: 0
By zmatt on 7/28/2010 12:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to file a lawsuit in the state of your residence. I have seen lawsuits filed in the most random of places.

By afkrotch on 7/28/2010 7:57:59 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter what the temperature was, when a book can easily withstand 140F weather. 94F is the threshold for the device, but not a book. Which is what they are advertising the iPad as being able to replace.

By Smilin on 7/28/2010 9:46:31 AM , Rating: 3
Right from the Kindle operating manual:

Operating temperature — 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C).

Works fine on a sunny day.

Lawsuit is legit. Stay for the show.

By neogrin on 7/28/2010 12:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
The upper operating temp limit for a book is around 450°F (451°F being the ignition temp for a book).

So, since Apple says it's "just like reading a book" the expectation is that you should be able to operate the iPad "as a book" at temps up to around 450°F. Obviously, the iPad does not work at temps even half that high. Therefore, Apple made a false claim...lawsuits ensue.

I'm waiting for the suit contesting the claim that the iPad is "Magic".

By SlipDizzy on 7/28/10, Rating: 0
By afkrotch on 7/28/2010 8:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be possible to perate a book in 450F weather. Granted, an extremely short amount of time in such weather.

Firefighters go into 400-800 degree fires, but they are wearing quite a bit of protective equipment.

By omnicronx on 7/28/2010 12:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
Do you seriously think this case is based on the wording used by Apple? You will never win any case based on the word 'like' when it comes to a product not exactly performing to what it is being compared too.

All Apple has to do is open the dictionary.

1.of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I cannot remember a like instance.
2.corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect; similar ; analogous: drawing, painting, and like arts.
3. bearing resemblance .

This is all about operating temperature, and if its not, these lawyers need a new job for ever taking the case in the first place.

By afkrotch on 7/28/2010 8:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
On a nice warm sunny day outside, the iPad is nothing like a book. It doesn't read like a book, it's not in a book shape, doesn't resemble a book. It's like a book, if it functions. When it overheats, it's nothing like a book. It's like a paperweight then, thus still false advertising. Don't need to prove the "like" when it's nothing "like" it.

By Riven98 on 7/28/2010 12:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
Farenheit 451 "The temperature at which books burn."

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