Apple responds to iPad battery display controversy
Apple has admitted that the new iPad shows a 100 per cent charge, when it has not yet reached optimum battery level. However, the company says this has always been the case with iOS devices
Apple has issued its second statement in a week defending the new iPad tablet.
Last week, the company responded to claims the new iPad was overheating after tests clocked it running at 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Apple insisted the device operated within its 'thermal specifications.'
This time Apple has defended the on-screen battery level display, following analysis claiming it prematurely showed as fully charged. The tests also showed the device doesn't reach an optimum charge for another two hours.
Apple says this feature has always been part of iOS and allows users to keep the device plugged in as long as they want. Cupertino says once the device reaches 100 per cent, it will decharge slightly and recharge. That process is repeated until the device is unplugged.
Apple VP Michael Tchao said: “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."
This appears to be a feature that has gone unnoticed until the launch of the third-generation tablet, but Apple says it has chosen not to visibly reflect the charge/discharge status to avoid confusing users.
Regardless, Apple stands by its claim that users should receive ten hours of battery life.