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Apple Sued Because iPad Overheats

You probably shouldn’t be using any electronics if you live in an oven.

This lawsuit will never go anywhere, but we found it humorous. On July 23rd, Apple was hit with a lawsuit that claims the iPad stops working in hot weather conditions.

According to The Mac Observer, The suit claims Apple’s iPad “overheats so quickly under common weather conditions,” and fails to “live up to the reasonable consumer’s expectations created by Apple.”

Every electronic device is expected to be used practically within limitations of operating requirements. For the iPad, the operating temperature is 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C) with a relative humidity of 5% to 95% noncondensing. For the most part, you should be able to hang out on the back porch and read an iBook on your iPad.

An update from Ars Technica:

The plaintiffs seem to take particular issue with Apple claiming that “reading on the iPad is just like reading a book.” This claim is patently false, according to the lawsuit, because a real book can be used in “the sunlight or other normal environmental conditions” without shutting off.

Most consumer electronic devices can be damaged from overheating if used in direct sunlight for long periods of time; not all of them have the automatic shutoff capability that the iPad does.

Is it not reasonable that the iPad is protecting itself from the scalding heat you’re subjecting it to? Apple and other companies clearly make available the technical, environmental limitations that devices can withstand. If the plaintiff can’t use some common sense, I doubt this lawsuit has any real ground.

[via The Mac Observer]

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