This Consumer Reports headline almost makes it seem as if you’re going to be holding a hotplate. The reality is that it’s only about 12 to 13 degrees warmer than the iPad 2 at these warm levels. And more importantly, farther down in the CR story:
During our tests, I held the new iPad in my hands. When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.
That’s in line with what I said in my initial review:
One other slight downside which I have to assume is related to either the battery or the LTE functionality is that unlike previous iPad models, the new iPad does get noticeably warm in the lower left corner after prolonged use. It’s never hot, just warm. But again, I never noticed this on other models.
It definitely runs warmer (which CR says is directly related to processor-intensive gaming — read: the graphics part of the A5X chip) than other iPads have previously. But it’s not a big deal.