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After claims that the new iPad’s battery meter has been deceiving users into believing their device is fully charged when it is not, Apple has stepped up and explained that the behaviour is actually a battery-saving feature.

Last week DisplayMate’s Ron Soneira discovered that the iPad’s battery continues charging after the device reports that it is fully charged. Many users and websites were quick to speculate the reasoning for this, ranging from Apple’s inability to take an accurate reading to claims of dishonesty regarding charge times from Apple themselves.

In a statement to AllThingsD, Apple’s Vice President Michael Tchao explained: “That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like. It’s a great feature that’s always been in iOS”.

Tchao’s statement confirms that existing iPhones and iPods are designed to do the same in order to safeguard battery life in the long-run. This is due to the fact that the lithium-ion batteries found in modern rechargeable devices don’t take kindly to trickle-charging, which reduces the cell’s overall life span.

Instead these devices charge to 100%, decharge for a short while and are then charged back up to 100%. This pattern continues for as long as the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch is plugged in.

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Have you bought a new iPad? Are you happy with your purchase? Add your thoughts in the comments.

Source: AllThingsD

  1. apple ipad 2 wi-fi tablet
    April 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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  2. Matt Smith
    March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I bought a new iPad 3 and was extremely happy with it. The Retina display is awesome.

    As for this so called problem - it strikes me as people looking for a reason to complain.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Agreed. Even the Consumer Reports heat report has been heavily criticised (and also declared not a problem by Apple themselves).

      I suppose when a company like Apple has been at the top (of the tablet market) for so long there are a lot of people willing to pick up on anything and everything that might topple them.

      On a similar note I used a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 yesterday. I just dont get why you'd spend iPad money on what is clearly an inferior device. YouTube videos were choppy, screen rotation took a good 3/4 seconds and the whole UI lagged badly. I think the HP TouchPad is more responsive, bizarrely (and I got that for £100 in the firesale, not for iPad money).

      • dl
        April 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        Consumer Reports CAME OUT and rated the new IPAD as THE BEST TABLET. Check it out perhaps.
        You can't be serious. LMAO Did you buy one? You can always return it since I have had no such experiences and no one that I know has either,
        Screen rotation is so fast you almost miss it, youtube ONLY plays choppy if it's a YOUTUBE problem they have a place to report that on Youtube, It's almost too responsive, did someone pay you to try and trash the iPad? Did you return one if you had it? Obviously the costs you can't have compared to the high end android devices.
        Thanks I needed a good laugh!

        • Tim Brookes
          April 6, 2012 at 4:21 am

          Did you read the article? Or my comment? I like the new iPad. I haven't got one, and right now I'm not going to buy one but if I happened to get my hands on one I'd be very pleased indeed.

          I was referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 when I said it was choppy and slow, not the iPad.

    • dl
      April 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Ditto and I have no battery, wi-fi or heating problems, It's the best machine out there in tablet form. Thanks!

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