New iPad users complain about Wi-Fi reception

March 21, 2012
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Apple sold a whopping 3 million new iPads since its release less than a week ago last Friday, but some of those users are starting to complain about what may be design flaws. 

Earlier this week, a number of reports that the iPad felt hot after heavy use. Another issue is that the high speed 4G LTE version gobbles the allotted bandwidth quicker much quicker than the earlier 3G iPad, which can result in higher connection fees. 

Now complaints have also surfaced on Apples’ own discussion forums of poor Wi-Fi connectivity. 

Many posts were similar to that of Sully2003 who said in part: 

“Will not hold WIFI for more than a few minutes. Two MacBooks and iPhone working fine from same router. Ready to return iPad!!!!!”

Another poster named It_caveman said: 

“I had an ipad1 and no problems,  ipad2 and no problems, ipad3 wifi is WEAK. Settings are the same as the ipad2. I am running a iPhone 4s and an i7 MacBook air on the same routers. I have two year old Apllt Airport Extreme, one at work one at home and there are setup the same. Only the iPad two give me wifi issues. All routers and devices have all updates installed. I even tried a dual band netgear router and all my stuff has great connectivity and range expect the iPad. If this is the trade off for the better display, it just not worth it and then new pad will be returned for refund. I'll give it a few more days to see if Apple release any updates that might help but for the first time the hype of the new device just hasn't stacked up.” 

Apple faced similar criticisms over weak Wi-Fi performance two years ago after the release of the original iPad. Some of it was blamed on users with older routers, but Apple eventually issued a series of workarounds designed to address the problem.

So far, Apple hasn't said anything about Wi-Fi issues with the new iPad.

Overheating iPads

The other lingering iPad issue, overheating, got further play today when Consumer Reports weighed in with own report confirming the new iPad can run hotter. CR’s tests showed the iPad reached a temperature of 116 degrees in one corner of the display after running games that tax the graphics processor — about 12 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 running the same tests. 

Apple said the iPad is performing safely within the thermal limits it set for the device. 

Consumer Reports own tester said “I held the new iPad in my hands. When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.” 

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