Apple has finally responded to various criticisms about the new iPad’s so-called battery issues, with VP Michael Tchao telling AllThingsD that its charging process works the same as other devices.
As noted by our own Devindra Hardawar, the new iPad’s battery is almost 70 percent bigger than the iPad 2′s (11,560 mAh versus 6,944 mAh) to help power the Retina display, A5X processor, and LTE connectivity. With that, consumers can expect a much longer charging period and not being able to charge up while playing games and video. But DisplayMate recently leveled criticism at Apple when it said the iPad is only 90 percent charged when it first displays a 100 percent charge.
Apple’s Tchao pushed back on the iPad criticisms, saying all iOS devices have had the same charging behavior. The devices all actually say they are charged to 100 percent, but before they hit a complete charge, the devices discharge and recharge slightly until unplugged. Apple designed the devices to do this to protect the battery even if you leave them on a charger for long periods of time.