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Is the new Apple iPad too hot to handle?

Apple's latest iPad has been examined to determine whether the tablet computer runs too hot and poses health risks to users.

The iPad runs "significantly hotter" than the earlier model when playing graphics-heavy games, according to Consumer Reports, which tested the device.

The newest version of the market-leading tablet computer ran as hot as 116F (45C), the consumer-watchdog group said on its website.

Consumer Reports used a thermal-imaging camera to record the temperature while playing the action game "Infinity Blade II."

Even with the increased temperature, Consumer Reports said the device wasn't uncomfortable to hold.

"When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period," the group said.

Websites, including Engadget, have cited a study by Dutch site Tweakers.net which found the tablet runs hotter than rivals. Some consumers have cited high temperatures.

The new device operates "well within our thermal specifications," Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in a statement.