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Users report Wi-Fi issues with third-gen iPad

A number of third-generation iPad users have taken to Apple’s support forums to report issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. The thread, which has reached seven pages in length, suggests that quite a few users are seeing poor Wi-Fi performance on their new iPads, with the signal staying lower than comparable devices—including the original iPad and iPad 2—and subsequently dropping the signal a shorter distance away from the router. iLounge has seen little evidence of this in our testing of multiple iPads, but our editors have seen past and current iPad units experience normal signal weakness related to increased distance from wireless base stations, and attenuation related to antenna blockage. It’s unclear whether some third-generation iPads have faulty wireless hardware, or whether software updates for iPads or routers will be able to remedy the reported issues.

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1

In addition experiencing the issue with the New iPad getting warm (which trust me is a very disconcerting problem), I am also experiencing the WiFi issue too.  So this is strike 2.  If I experience another significant problem, I’ll be returning my New iPad and going back to iPad 2.

Posted by Spaceways on March 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM (PDT)

2

I have the new ipod touch, Lion on my Mac Air and a 2nd gen. touch. I am unable to sync (using a USB cord) all of the info, such as the calender to my Mac Air and thus to my new Ipod Touch.  My new touch onlt seems to pick up any new changes. How do I get the calendar info from the old 2nd den touch over to my Mac Air and my new Touch?

Posted by Joan Girdler Good on March 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM (PDT)

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#1: Why is the warmth disconcerting? Doesn’t cause me any dismay, though it is much warmer than my iPad2 was. No wi-fi issues at all with my new iPad either.

#2: If had unreliable syncing of my iPod Touch ever since the first release of iOS5.

Posted by sallenmd on March 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM (PDT)

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Looks like I have to leave another comment in order to subscribe to this discussion since I forgot to check the box with my first post. Silly.

Posted by sallenmd on March 23, 2012 at 9:59 PM (PDT)

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Suppose just 1% of the 3 million new iPads sold have wifi problems or excessive heat.  That would be 30,000 units with these problems.  If half or even one-third of their owners complained on internet forums, it would create the perception that the problem is widespread, even though it’s only affecting 1% of all units. 

Apple should definitely make things right for the people experiencing problems with the expensive new gadget they just bought. 

But my point is that a perspective buyer should not be dissuaded from a purchase:  even though tens of thousands of people are having issues, they represent a tiny proportion of the total, so the odds that you’ll get a bad unit are relatively small.  And there’s always a return period if your unit has issues and Apple doesn’t address them to your satisfaction. 

I picked up a new iPad the day it went on sale and have used it a couple hours per day since then.  No issues here.  My only complaint is it takes longer to charge.  But that’s no defect; I knew about it going into the purchase and I accept it as a reasonable tradeoff for retina & 4G.

Posted by roncron on March 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM (PDT)

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