We already reported on the many complaints of the iPad 3's battery that Apple reported as being the same or better than the last, although might be true, does not make the battery experience of the 3rd Generation iPad any better.
Having to power the A5X Chip and its powerful new retina display the battery life is reduced to that of the iPad 2. But that's not the problem. It's the charging. We did tests that showed that it could take 7 hours to charge your iPad 3's battery but it turns out it's even worse than that. On top of all the other issues (see video below) the iPad 3's battery indicator is falsely displaying a full charge with it allegedly taking another 2 hours and 11 minutes to fully charge the device.
This was found out by the famous display expert, Raymond Soneira who you might remember from our Retina Display video. He did extensive testing on the display and in turn discovered this disturbing fact about Apple's latest iDevice.
At 2:00 hours after reporting 100% charge, the new iPad hardware started to reduce the charging power. At 2:10 the recharging cycle fully terminated with a sharp decrease in power. The new iPad battery is truly fully recharged 2 hours and 10 minutes after prematurely reporting on screen that it was fully charged.
He said not to fear though, Apple should release an iOS update containing the fix soon to a phenomenon not just exclusive to the new iPad, with it being found on many Android tablets as well.
UPDATE: Apple released a statement saying that the inaccurate battery reading is intentional and that it is just a safety measure to protect the battery. They say that every iDevice has this but it is more noticeable on the 3rd Generation iPad because of the considerably larger battery. Battery experts have confirmed this, an event which they call "battery leaking". This happens when a device with a rechargeable battery hits full charge, drains a little (in this case to about 95%) and then charges up again. This "wash, rinse, repeat" cycle is made to protect the battery of these devices, including the iPad 3.
So what does this mean? Well, you won't have to wait any longer to charge your battery. It looks like Soneira should stick to what he's good at, displays. But this doesn't take away from the fact that you still have to wait a cool 7 hours to charge your battery, which is ridiculous when compared to other devices!