The row over whether the Apple new iPad is overheating burned a little hotter on Tuesday evening when the device was clocked at 116 degrees Fahrenheit during tests.
Just hours after Apple released an official statement claiming that the 92.5 degrees recorded by a Dutch website was no cause for concern as it fell "well within our thermal specifications" of 32-95 degrees.
However, those reassurances have been thrown into doubt following Consumer Reports' exploits with a thermal imaging camera, which was used to measure the considerably higher temperature noted above.
The non-profit, consumer advice website obtained the figure while playing Infinity Blade II while the device was plugged in, but although it felt warm to the touch didn't cause any discomfort to hold.
The 116 degrees Fahrenheit was a full 13 degrees hotter than the site managed to achieve when testing an iPad 2 model.
Consumer Reports said: "The hottest areas weren't evenly distributed throughout the iPad's back, but were concentrated near one corner of the display as shown in the images taken from the rear of the device above.
"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."
It remains to be seen whether Apple will respond again now the tablet has been shown to run over 20 degrees hotter than its own thermal specifications.
In the original statement Cupertino added: "If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."