Can the cold damage my iPad?

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By:BGS, Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
iPad 2

Environmental Requirements

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

An iPad much like a laptop is more likely to become damaged from heat than it is cold. In fact computers will often operate much more efficiently in cooler conditions. However, taking an iPad that has been in a cold temperature, say -12°F when it was left in the car overnight, to a warmer temperature can cause condensation within the computer, which can cause damage. Move your iPad into a warm building and do not power it up immediately. Wait until the iPad has warmed up some. The people at Apple say any "damage" is usually temporary except for the battery. Leaving your iPad in the very very cold will over time degrade your battery. So, be safe and bring the electronics inside when it gets to negative temperatures outside.

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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:16pm -- BGS

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