Apple responds to iPad battery charging controversy

Apple responds to iPad battery charging 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 that the device was overheating after tests clocked the device running at 116 degrees Fahrenheit, insisting it was operating within its ‘thermal specifications.’

This time Apple has defended the device’s battery level display, following analysis which revealed that the device prematurely shows it is fully charged. Analasys has shown the device hasn’t reached the 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.”

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