A group of plaintiffs from Oakland have discovered that the iPad is prone to overheating when left in direct sunlight or used in an area with high ambient temperatures. They have filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of deceptive advertising, fraud, selling defective tablet computers, and violating California's consumer protection and unfair business practices laws.
All this because they believe that the iPad is marketed with the claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book." The disaffected iPad owners were apparently tricked into spending over $500 on an iPad in the belief that it would be perfectly usable in the same weather conditions outdoors as a paper book.
NEWS FLASH: The iPad is a computer. Direct sunlight and hot environmental conditions do not agree with LCD screens and microprocessors. In fact, try reading the iPad in wet conditions or at the South Pole. Best of luck, folks. I mean, does the iPad even look like a book?
The complaint asks for class action status and states, "Using the iPad is not 'just like reading a book' at all since books do not close when the reader is enjoying them in the sunlight or in other normal environmental conditions. This promise, like other portions of Apple's marketing material for the iPad, is false." Also unlike books, the iPad requires periodic charging with an electrical outlet, cannot be written directly on with pens or highlighters, and lacks a decorative hard cover.
When the iPad was first released, there were concerns that some units were affected by abnormal heat sensitivity, as many devices shut down unexpectedly. Apple has officially listed the operating temperature of the iPad as 32 to 95 degrees fahrenheit (0 - 35 degrees C). Sunlight can quickly heat up the surface of the iPad due to its dark color and heat conducting aluminum back.
Aside from the three plaintiffs in the case, over 3.5 million iPad users have had no problems distinguishing between the iPad and a real book made from trees with printed ink. Unfortunately, a lawyer was standing by when the plaintiffs' iPads overheated as they were reading the latest Stephenie Meyer novel on iBooks.