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Apple Claims the iPad's Charging "Bug" Is Actually a Feature

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Since it was launched, people have been complaining that the new iPad doesn't charge properly, reporting that the device isn't fully charged even when it claims to be. Apple has now responded, stating that this is actually on purpose.

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All Things D reports that Apple broke it down for them: The iPad displays that it is 100-percent charged before it is. At that point, it continues to charge to capacity, before dishcarging a little, and then charges back up to 100 percent again. Speaking to All Things D, Apple VP Michael Tchao explains:

"That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like. It's a great feature that's always been in iOS."

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So while the tick has only surfaced now, it's apparently something we've in fact been living with for years. Tchao also reassures users that the percentage differences involved are small, so any difference has a minimal impact on battery life.

While it might sound like a cop-out, it's probably accurate. These days, batteries are complex things, which use microprocessors to control their charging. Back in the good ol'days, a charging analogy based on pouring ions into a cup was about right. These days, you probably need an electrical engineering degree to actually understand the process of charging a fancy battery. As Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe told All Things D:

"[W]e shouldn't apply our prejudices formed (both good and bad) from older generations of battery technology to today's systems... If it says it's charged, consumers should assume it is, and not worry about whether the charger is drawing current."

So, in other words, quit worrying about whether your iPad has charging issues or not. It probably knows better than you. [All Things D]

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Ugh. My head.

As time goes on, and Apple's wealth - and power - grows (the recent dividend payout strategically benefits their corporate strength), this sort of thing disturbs me more and more. I remember when Microsoft was the "evil empire". I have been a Google supporter in part because of their (in some cases too) open nature and actually creating a definition of "evil", to back up their "don't be evil" mission statement.

I also remember a time where Apple's "Reality Distortion Field" was an internal, motivational thing, with Steve Jobs motivating engineers to push beyond their preconceived limitations. The reason for it aside (possibly saturation), that has evolved over time to ...this.

Apple is doing things right, but dangerously taken over as the new "evil", while Microsoft has improved in not being evil, but is stuck back in a 1990's, 2000's mindset making all the wrong moves.

It's not surprising that Apple would lay out a line of positive-spin BS like this - but that doesn't make it respectable. This is what ultimately tainted Microsoft's reputation. "What do you mean this is how-it-was-designed? This sucks/is difficult/doesn't work/errrrr!"

It would be respectable for Apple to admit "we had a problem, we're working to fix it."

What's more disturbing though is that as Apple grows, that people believe the unicorn that Apple spins to hard to paint the picture that it exists - "we're perfect, we don't make mistakes. Even our mistakes were by design, and that design was perfection."

To double-clarify, I'm not complaining about Apple's desire to paint this picture - most companies want as much positive PR as they can get.

What disturbs me is our current culture in the USA - it's a troubling mix of "good enough technology" (Google it!) contentment, with a gullibility to believe blindly, rather than challenge and question. It's even more troubling when you see it occurring in politics, with fallacies being used to support candidates.

Come on, America. Vote with your wallets, vote with your votes. Don't accept this BS.

We have to start being proud of our country again, and it starts with our citizens.

We shouldn't be throwing money at the Wizard of Oz, selling us "good enough" from behind the Chinese curtain with a soothing tale and a smile as our economy suffers.

And we likewise should vote with our wallets against those who use Apple's successful sales precidents to attempt to peddle competing "good enough" products at equally inflated prices.

That expensive thing in your hand shouldn't be a source of shallow pride that "I had more money, so I afforded this luxury thing" - it should be an embarassment, a symbol of a vote in favor of what's currently going wrong in America. We've always had this problem, it's just gotten worse in recent years, and I'd love to see it turn around at least between election cycles, because gullibility establishes it's own precedents, with their own consequences.

I'm tired of hearing people complain that the everyman doesn't have the power to make change. In this case, it's the only place it exists.