Now the new iPad has Wi-Fi problems

Now the new iPad has Wi-Fi problemsAs far as new iDevices go, the third generation iPad has gotten away relatively lightly. Sure, there were those stories of the new iPad heating up, but that’s not surprising given those meaty internals.

But wait, there’s another molehill looking for the mountain treatment. Now we’re hearing that the new iPad has Wi-Fi problems.

The issue has been reported over on the Apple Support Communities. The OP explains: “I am in a hotel with my laptop and new ipad3. The laptop wifi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal.”

Cue: scores of similar posts from users declaring that the new iPad is fundamentally broken and that - consequently - the world is about to implode. Ok, not quite, but you get the idea.

Interestingly, it seems to be the Wi-Fi only model that’s affected. Symptoms include: intermittent connectivity, slow speeds, and not being able to pick up networks.

To be fair, Apple is willing to replace any units with apparently faulty Wi-Fi. An internal AppleCare document leaked to 9to5mac reads: “In the United States, contact centers and retail stores should capture iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi only devices if they exhibit any issue related to Wi-Fi.”

Anyone out there having new iPad Wi-Fi problems? Can’t say I have, but maybe I’m in the lucky minority and Apple should recall each and every new iPad just to be on the safe side. Ahem.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:14

http://www.funnycatpix.com/_pics/huge_yawn_cat.jpg

My money is on "mostly ignorant users/newbs have those problems..." - but that is just a gues.

Pondlife  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:00

Wonder if 3/4g one has same issues but they aren't as apparent as wifi used less.
Most likely holding it wrong.

jmarcelino  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:17

Most times I suspect it's crappy/misconfigured wireless routers, but I suppose there may be a few genuine hardware faults mixed in hence the "capture".

Btw, on the subject of tablets, the Asus Padfone is launching tomorrow in Taiwan at $850 (about £642 once VAT is added) for the 32GB model. http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/5/2927259/asus-padfone-taiwan-preorder-price-availability

Pondlife  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:30

My money is on "mostly ignorant users/newbs have those problems..." - but that is just a gues.

Close enough.

Pondlife  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:32

Btw, on the subject of tablets, the Asus Padfone is launching tomorrow in Taiwan at $850 (about £642 once VAT is added) for the 32GB model. http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/5/2927259/asus-padfone-taiwan-preorder-price-availability

Seems inline with expectations of over 700 quid here then. Hard to see this taking off

jaybear88  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:54

Just about every new wifi product seems to have a tonne of people complaining about this aspect. If I were Apple.... I wouldn't worry.

blizzard7  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:07

Game over Apple. Game over. Oh wait what's that, record sales? I see...

jmarcelino  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:24

http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/9to5mac.png?w=655&h=448

Pondlife  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:29

Yeah that was linked in the article

Treab  Apr. 5, 2012 at 14:29

http://www.funnycatpix.com/_pics/huge_yawn_cat.jpg

My money is on "mostly ignorant users/newbs have those problems..." - but that is just a gues.


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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:01

That cat looks stoned, not serious.

Treab  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:05

That cat looks stoned, not serious.

never argue with serious cat.. wai...

JESUS they sent assassin cat...

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jmarcelino  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:07

http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx203/gkpm/ipadcopy.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:17

^^^ That's cool, how did you make it :)?

Treab  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:20

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Stephy32  May. 9, 2012 at 16:35

I was very happy when I first had the new iPad on my hands. I didn't notice this at first, but when I took the tablet to my backyard, and my iPhone was able to pick up my router signal without a hassle, and the iPad didn't found the network at all, this issue became a nightmare to me. I have spent a lot of time on google, looking for a solution to this. Finally I had the luck to land on a review of a case from Pong Research . They produce this really interesting cases that have an antennae in between layers of the back cover, which redirects and boost the wifi signals into/from the antennae built-in the iPad, solving the range issue finally!

Pondlife  May. 9, 2012 at 21:16

Glad that it's worked for you, seriously like to know how this could work though.
As the article says they'd replace it though why not just do that?

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