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New iPad Too Hot to Handle? Customers Note Overheating Issue

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple’s newly-released iPad is proving to be one of the hottest items of the year...literally.

Since the iPad’s release, Apple’s comment boards have become electrified with reports about the gadget overheating. One user said that the new iPad burned her thighs, leaving them red for 15 minutes.  Another said his “new iPad 32 GB Wi-Fi had been getting hot enough to go into shutdown mode when using the NetFlix App after 30 minutes.”

Consumer Reports
weighed in, running a series of tests comparing Apple’s new iPad to the iPad 2. It found that it ran roughly 12 degrees hotter than its predecessor when gaming for 45 minutes, reaching a top temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

Paul Reynolds, electronics editor at Consumer Reports told ABC News, “We don’t consider these temperatures to be a real concern. … These are not the temperatures that are going to cause a burn, even for a fairly sustained period we think, it’s not likely.

"This is not an unsafe device because of these temperatures,” he added. "At most you may have some discomfort. Depending on where you’re holding it, you may need to adjust your hands, but this is not going to be a safety hazard.”

Apple released the following statement to ABC News:

“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns, they should contact AppleCare.”

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Apple Expected to Unveil New iPad

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- If you've been waiting to find out what the next iPad will look like, Wednesday might just be the day.

Apple set a press conference for March 7 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET) in San Francisco to unveil what's expected to be the new version of the company's tablet computer.

As is its practice, Apple has been silent on the next version of the iPad.  But the rumor mill has been brewing and expectations are that the new tablet will have a higher resolution display than the iPad 2, and may be called the iPad HD.

The tablet is also said to have a faster processor and be available with 4G LTE options from AT&T and Verizon.  This would be the first time that Apple has chosen to include Verizon and AT&T's new and faster 4G service in its products.

Rumors also suggest that the tablet will have Apple's Siri personal assistant feature and a new version of Apple's iOS software.

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Apple Hits Milestone: 25 Billion Apps Downloaded

Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced this weekend that 25 billion applications -- and presumably quite a few more by the time you read this -- have been downloaded from its App Store.

“A billion thanks. 25 times over,” the weekend image on Apple’s homepage read.

Such app milestones are more and more frequent for Apple; the company hit the 15 billion download mark in July.  Since launching the store in June 2008, there are more than 500,000 apps for the iPhone and more than 100,000 for the iPad.

By comparison, Google reported in December that the Android Market has seen 10 billion app downloads.  It should be noted, however, that there a number of other Android app stores, including Amazon’s Android App Store, which comes pre-loaded on the popular Kindle Fire.

Apple’s app milestone announcement comes a few days before it is expected to announce the iPad 3.  Purported images of the tablet leaked this weekend on a Hong Kong-based tech blog.  Watch the video below to see the pictures.

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iPad 3 Announcement Next Week? Apple Schedules March 7 Event

Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The rumors, it seems, may have been true: Apple on Tuesday sent out invites to an iPad event for next Wednesday, March 7. The invitation shows an iPad and reads, “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”

Apple has been silent on the next version of its popular tablet, which is rumored to be called the iPad 3. It is rumored to have a higher resolution display, faster processor, Verizon and AT&T LTE options, and have Apple’s Siri digital assistant feature.

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Report: iPad 3 With Verizon, AT&T LTE Expected in Early March

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The iPad 3 reports just keep flowing in. The Wall Street Journal reports that versions of the forthcoming tablet will be available with AT&T and Verizon LTE, which is capable of providing speeds as fast as Wi-Fi connections.

Like the LTE tablets and phones sold by AT&T and Verizon, the new iPad is said to fall back on the slower 3G network if there’s no LTE service in a particular area. The Wall Street Journal does not detail the service plans or agreements; but unlike the other tablets sold through the carriers, Apple doesn’t require a contract when purchasing a 3G iPad through Verizon and AT&T.  

This would mark the first time that Apple has sold a product with the higher speed 4G connection.

There’s also no word on whether there will be Sprint or T-Mobile versions. While T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier not to offer the iPhone with its service, Sprint is the only carrier to offer unlimited data for Apple’s phones. All four carriers would not comment on the next generation iPad rumors.

In addition to the aforementioned LTE addition, the next iPad is rumored to have a higher resolution display – double the pixel count of the current iPad – and a faster processor. A number of technology blogs have reported that Apple will hold the iPad announcement March 7.

The Journal is also reporting that Apple is working on a smaller, 8-inch version of the iPad, although that version is not expected to launch until later in the year.

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iPad 3 Release Date Expected in March; iPad Mini May Come Later

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The iPad 3 -- if Apple actually decides to call it that -- is likely to be released in early March, according to analysts who follow the company.

Still, according to one analyst, there may be something bigger coming, too -- like, perhaps, a smaller iPad.

"It makes sense," said Ezra Gottheil, who watches Apple for Technology Business Research, Inc., outside Boston. "What they're seeing is a large number of smaller, cheaper tablets, and they want to be in on that market."

Apple, known to keep new products secret until it is ready to unveil them, has not commented on any of the predictions of an iPad update next month, and they're not about to respond to any talk about an iPad Mini.

But while Apple dominates the tablet business with the 9.7-inch iPad 2, Samsung and Lenovo have apparently done well with smaller tablets.

And then there's Amazon: "The Kindle Fire has set the world on fire," said Gottheil.

Though Amazon has not released sales figures, Strategy Analytics, a market research firm near Boston, said the iPad's share of the tablet market fell to 58 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, from 68 percent a year earlier.

Amazon's Fire, which has a 7-inch screen, is a different type of device than the iPad. With less computing power, it is often used as an e-reader -- largely for books that Amazon sells.  But it costs far less than the iPad 2, starting at $199, compared to $499 for the base-model iPad.

"The 7-inch form factor is quite a useful thing," said Gottheil.  "It's more portable, and we're getting to a point where people will own more than one tablet and take the more portable one with them."

It might also be appealing to young people.  Apple last month launched an initiative to create interactive iPad lessons in place of old-fashioned school textbooks -- and if Apple's new screen looks good on a 10-inch device, it may look even more vivid on a smaller one.

So when might you see an iPad Mini?  Later in the year, said Gottheil.  Apple, he pointed out, has gotten into an "unfortunate time cycle" of announcing new iPads early in the year, which may deflate holiday sales.

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iPad 3 Coming This Year?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The iPad 3 could be coming this year. Taiwan's Economic Daily reports that the Apple tablet could have an image resolution five to six times higher than the iPad 2.

Tech sites that track Apple's news, however, say a 2012 rollout is more likely and question such an increase in display quality.

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