Some Users Reporting Issues With Wi-Fi Connectivity On The New iPad

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Users on Apple’s discussion board are reporting problems with the new iPad’s Wi-Fi reception, which they say is weaker than its predecessors.

The discussion thread was started by user stlsteve, who noticed that his iPad was registering a weak Wi-Fi signal despite the signal being strong enough to give full bars on his laptop:

“I picked mine up at Best Buy on Friday on my way to the airport for our honeymoon in Hawaii (Kauai). What a disappointment it has turned out to be. Pictured myself reading the news with it each morning over long, relaxed breakfasts and coffee and in a lounge chair by the pool. Instead, I am sitting in a baautiful restaruant typing this with my big awkward laptop. The iPad goes back to Best Buy when I get home.”

Users followed with similar complaints about a weak Wi-Fi signal, noting that other gadgets work fine on the same connection. In extreme cases, the 3rd generation iPad would not connect to the network at all, as per user accounts.

Because of the weak connection, speeds on the iPad took a hit with users reporting speeds going down by a factor of half or even more.

The problem seems to be with certain iPads and not all of them, since many users on the thread posted that they received the same signal strength on the new iPad as other devices. A user “gdtobme” went to Best Buy and exchanged the new iPad which exhibited this problem, and the replacement worked fine.

The thread has more than a hundred responses, most of them posted by users complaining about the weak reception. The issue, although not seen on all iPads, is definitely genuine and it remains to be seen if it is a hardware issue or a problem which can be fixed with a software upgrade.

Problems with new Apple devices right after launch seem to have become a tradition. Yellowish screens, antenna problems, battery issues and most recently heating issues, all have plagued one iOS device or the other at a certain point of time. In fact, the weak Wi-Fi connectivity problem is very similar to the one faced by original iPad owners, which Apple later fixed via a software upgrade.

Are you facing similar problems with your shiny new iPad?

[Apple forums via Apple Insider]