Is The iPad Really “Just Like a Book”?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over claims that the iPad overheats and shuts down when “used under common weather conditions.” The lawsuit says that Apple’s website is misleading in its claim that reading on the iPad is “just like reading a book.” The plaintiffs argue that since a regular book does not close when read outside in the sunlight, the iPad shouldn’t either.

The suit alleges Apple is guilty of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive advertising practices, unfair business practices, breach of warranty (express and implied), intentional misrepresentation, etc.

Apple’s website lists the following technical specifications for the iPad:
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)

The operating temperature seems to indicate that over 95 F, the device will overheat, however the nonoperating temperature range seems very confusing. Still, it’s pretty clear that an iPad used in direct sunlight will overheat quickly. This lawsuit makes those Amazon commercials with people reading Kindles at the beach look very fortuitous, right? I think that’s reason #101 why I love my Kindle.

So what do you think? Does the inability to read a book on your iPad out in the sun mean that Apple is guilty of everything this lawsuit alleges? Or should the plaintiffs simply have returned their iPads if they were unhappy with them?

(Source: ars technica)

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