Don’t Trust Your iPad Battery Indicator

Apple has always prided itself on producing innovative technologies and backing up these innovations with superb customer service. The creation of the iPhone and the iPad, for instance, have enabled users to have multiple functionalities at their fingertips. And if a user had a problem with one of these devices, they would simply bring it to the Apple store for an expert to check out. For the most part, this has always led to great consumer feedback, and most users are happy with Apple’s creations.

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Recently, however, it has been speculated that the iPad Battery Indicator is inaccurate, and some are even speculating that Apple implemented this malfunctioning indicator on purpose.

What’s the big deal about a battery indicator?

This battery meter inaccuracy was discovered when an expert noticed that his iPad continued to charge even though the indicator on the screen said it was already charge to 100%. After further tests were conducted, it was ruled that this inaccuracy could actually be costing iPad users up to 1.2 hours of battery life.

Most technologies have their fair share of problems, so it’s no wonder that the iPad would succumb to some type of issue or scandal. But so far, Apple has steered clear of making any type of statement involving this recent revelation.

Some people don’t think it is such a big deal because most people don’t need to use their iPad for more than 10 hours straight. Plus, lithium-ion batteries—the type of battery typically used in most technological devices—have a limited lifespan, so nobody expected them to last forever.

As mentioned previously, some people think that Apple created this deception on purpose to counteract the iPad’s tendency to heat up. (Apparently, the new iPad gets hotter than previous versions.) Some believe that due to the intensive heat and the use of lithium-ion batteries, this little white lie was Apple’s way of extending the iPad’s lifetime.

Other people believe that no deception was involved, and Apple simply made a mistake when calculating the battery life and implementing the battery indicator.

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Is there any way to solve the issue?

Whether it was due to intentional deception or a mere mistake, there is a way around the issue if you do own an iPad. When you are charging your iPad, do not unplug it right away when the meter indicates that it is at 100%. Leave it on for another 30 minutes to an hour to receive the best possible charge.

Depending on whether or not Apple decides to make a statement on this recent revelation will also have an impact on what is done to resolve the issue. If Apple says nothing, then users must simply understand that a fully charged meter reading does not indicate a fully charged iPad. If Apple does make a statement, however, they may implement a service upgrade or some other way to fix this issue.

Thankfully, the iPad can still give users around 10 hours of battery life when only charged to 90%. This is plenty of time to scour the Internet, play Angry Birds and catch up on emails.

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