Bug Detected in Multiple iPad Minis’ Hardware

It’s like Déjà Vu all Over Again

4 April 2013
Melbourne Australia

Well well, well. When I broke my 1st iPad in April 2010 before they were out in Australia (almost exactly 3 years ago),  I did something else as well. I found out how I broke it, what the bug was and how to fix it as well for many. It turned out had either Apple had not detected the bug (then a DHCP issue), or chose not to go public with it here is a view of that story http://bit.ly/ipad-woes. However it turned out Princeton University and thousands of other had the same problem now long ago fixed. I earned a few seconds of fame for it very funny, did a couple of interviews etc.

So I was a bit surprised when my iPad Mini started doing bad things, recently, but I could not duplicate the problem. Apple was kind enough to give me a new iPad Mini, anyhow, with little issue (and without asking). Now a week later the new iPad Mini, is doing the same thing. Effectively without warning going crazy. The specfics are if I go to any apps they will shut down, others randomly open, type a letter and it will spit out random keystrokes.

However, this time I figured out the scenario. When the iPad is charged 100% (and on the charger), then I use a CPU demanding app Air Video,  (or when there are a few in the background in memory), my guess is the iPad Mini, tries to draw more power, but being it is being charged, the power it is drawing is impacted by the mains power and freaks out. I notice the mini gets warm as well during this scenario, and one I will try to avoid. Hopefully this bug will not cause any long term damage to my other iPad MinisTo prove this I immediately unplugged the power adapter (I use different ones all Apple), and after a few seconds the problem goes away. Also why I could not duplicate it at Apple.

Now I have and I await to hear from Apple http://bit.ly/ipad-mini-issue

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Loren is an anglo-american hybrid  has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this.



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  1. Pingback: iPad mini review | Tim Batchelder.com

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