What Is the Minimum Temperature the iPad Can Tolerate?
By Anthony Thompson
Few electronic devices are designed with extremes of weather in mind, and Apple's tablet computer is no exception. Attempting to use an iPad in cold locations or leaving it in a vehicle overnight during the winter can expose the device to temperatures that are low enough to prevent it from running properly or even stop it from working completely. Knowing the lowest temperature at which an iPad can function makes it easy to protect your device from harm.
Minimum Operating Temperature
According to Apple's own specifications, the iPad, in common with other iOS devices, can be operated safely when the temperature is between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. When switched off, the iPad can be safely stored at temperatures as low as -4 degrees or as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Using your iPad when the temperature is less than the recommended minimum of 32 degrees Fahrenheit is not advisable.
Cold Weather Issues
As the temperature of the device falls, the touch screen of your iPad may start to behave erratically and take longer than usual to respond. Also, the battery will run down more quickly than it normally does, even when device is switched off. If the temperature falls too far below the operational limit, you may find that your iPad's battery will not begin charging when the device is plugged in.
Moving a cold or frozen iPad to a warm environment can cause condensation to form inside the device. If the device is switched on while this moisture is still present, it can cause irreparable damage to the internal electrical components. If your iPad gets cold, always allow time for it to reach room temperature before turning it on.
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- Popular Mechanics: Does Cold Weather Injure Cell Phones
Based in London, Anthony Thompson originally worked in the financial sector but has been writing professionally since 1992. The former editor of a monthly computing and technology magazine, his work has appeared in The Guardian, GQ and Time Out.