By Stephen Schenck | March 27, 2012 9:52 PM
Ever since Apple released the 2012 edition of its iPad, we’ve been hearing about little issues with it. First there were the complaints that the tablet was getting too hot during operation, and then we looked at reports of WiFi connectivity problems. The latest finger to be pointed at the iPad claims that the device doesn’t charge properly, and it reports having a 100% full charge before reaching its actual capacity. Today, Apple has finally commented on the issue, hoping to explain away any concerns.
Apple admits that the new iPad falsely reports a 100% charge, but this is apparently a knowing design decision, and one that’s shared with other iOS products. The idea is to have the tablet report having a full charge when it’s almost there, and then to continue charging up to the actual capacity of the battery. At that point, the tablet will start consuming battery power until it hits that fake 100% mark again, after which it will charge back up to maximum. The idea is to have the tablet floating right above that 100% point, so when you finally do unplug your iPad, you’re not doing so while it’s showing a 98% or 99% charge.
This is a very Apple-sounding explanation, withholding a little bit of information from your users and focusing on a worry-free user experience, instead. Apple explains it kept users in the dark about these charging specifics so it wouldn’t distract or confuse them.