backtop


Print 54 comment(s) - last by viewangle.. on Jul 29 at 10:56 AM


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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: RTFM
By JackBurton on 7/28/2010 9:06:16 AM , Rating: -1
Exactly. In other news, the iPad overheats when placed in an oven.


RE: RTFM
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.


RE: RTFM
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.


RE: RTFM
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.


RE: RTFM
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.


"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki