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The battery of the iPad 3 – is it all a lie?

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When the iPad 3 was announced Andreas took an in-depth look at the battery of the new iPad, and noticed that the battery life is the same as the previous generations. Except that the battery has a capacity 70% larger than that of the iPad 2. So, what does all this mean? With the same charger as the iPad and iPad 2, iPad 3 users could expect a much longer charge time for their new device. When I received my iPad 3, it had 91% of battery charge left, which I was quite happy with. Several hours of use later however, it was fully drained. So, I plugged it in, and a painstaking 5 hours and 45 minutes later of no use, it was fully charged. It is safe to say from my own experience, and reading others around the web, that it will take 6 hours to charge the beast.

Yet I have no idea why Apple didn’t up the charger for the latest iPad from 10w to something more respectful for a battery of this size, but I would have thought a better charger for this new battery a natural progression. Maybe Apple was worried about heat or other issues (battery health). When the Macbook Pro 13-inch model has a 63.5 watt-hour battery and a 60w charger, and the iPad is stuck with a 42.5 watt-hour battery and 10w charger, I do question the choice however.

But, there are reports circulating the web about a miscalculation in the software on the iPad which makes the indicator say it is at 100% charge, when it continues charging for an hour or so longer at the full 10w until it then switches to a trickle charge. iLounge also reported on the charging issue, and commented on other unusual battery issues such as the discharge rate for the same activity, questioning whether this is a ploy by Apple to give the impression of a longer discharge time and shorter charge time.

Although not particularly a major issue, it does not look good for Apple when a week after a product release people are claiming that their devices are faulty or have issues. But after Apple announced that the iPad 3 has had the strongest launch, it is expected that some people are going to cry foul with their faulty devices (or have a whinge) online.

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Stuart Cope

Stuart Cope is a former contributing editor at Nothing But Tablets, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.

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3 thoughts on “The battery of the iPad 3 – is it all a lie?

  • This is what happens when you have “fanboys” that just buy the next new thing because it is made by Apple, or whatever their favorite brand is, without actually doing the research to see how that device is going to function. The fact that Apple claims the new iPad has had the strongest launch, and so many issues have shown up now, just proves that people blindly bought it because it had an Apple logo on it. I’ve heard personally from quite a few people who regret buying the new iPad, and it’s only been out a couple weeks. I’m not against Apple as a brand. I’m all for smart buying however.

    Years ago I had an iPod Mini. It got stolen out of my car and I wanted to replace it. Well the iPod Nano had just come out, but I noticed it had a plastic case, whereas the Mini had a metal one. All kinds of people upgraded cause it was the newest, “best” thing, yet had problems with it breaking easily. I wasn’t about to spend my money on a plastic iPod, so I figured I would wait until Apple wizened up and released a metal one. Sure enough, Generation 2 came out with a metal case, I bought one, and it still works today.

    The moral of my story is brand loyalty is fine, as long as it doesn’t blind you to the facts. The best thing about the new iPad is that it lowered the cost of the iPad 2 to a respectable price. I would buy a trusted iPad 2 before I bought a new iPad, regardless of the cost difference.

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    • Here here…

      And Apple fanboys do seem to be the worst example of blindly buying things with the logo they like.

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  • Wow, if you google the new ipad you’ll find several reports of major issues like it being more fragile than the ipad 2, only having a few hour battery life with screen set to full brightness, flickering pixels on the home screen, the new hand warming feature and all the problem this site reported. The new ipad definitely seems rushed.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/ipad-3s-best-feature-is-also-its-worst-enemy-the-retina-display/72334

    http://www.techworld.com.au/article/419363/apple_new_ipad_more_fragile_its_predecessor/?fp=16&fpid=1

    5$ people are going to sue Apple even though they could just return the product.

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