Weak WiFi on iPad May Signal Problems Ahead
New iPad owners are complaining about Wi-Fi problems on their device on Apple's customer service site.
Wi-Fi is the technology that allows the iPad and other devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly.
Within hours of purchase, iPad owners reported problems with Wi-Fi connectivity on their new iPads ranging from no signal to varying signal strength to signal drop, all while within range of their routers.
"My signal keeps fluctuating from strong to weak," reads a typical complaint, "while my MacBook and iPhone show a consistent signal at the same location."
"I've noticed that if I use my iPad for a period of time longer than 20 minutes, the wireless will simply disconnect," another user wrote.
It's a hot topic . On Apple's support site for the iPad "Weak Wi-Fi" has been viewed more than 10,660 times, "Wi-Fi problem" has received over 1,700 views and "Intermittent Wireless Disconnect" has been viewed more than 1,000 times.
Apple déjà vu?
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch today wrote: "My understanding of Wifi issues on devices, particularly cramped devices like the Macbook Air and iPad, is that it’s usually a hardware/design issue and something that can’t be fixed via a software patch. I hope that’s not the case with the iPad, because faulty Wi-Fi would make this a very unattractive device."