Feeds

Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

Genius Bar confirmation?

High performance access to file storage

Apple's iPad 3 is drawing fire for its wireless performance, with many an owner complaining about poor Wi-Fi reception. Tests performed by staff in Apple's own stores allegedly show it too.

Numerous reports on the Apple support forum highlight the hitch, claiming the New iPad has a much weaker Wi-Fi pick-up than its predecessor and other Apple devices.

"I am in a hotel with my laptop and new iPad 3. The laptop Wi-Fi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal. Anyone else having similar problems? Any suggestions?" reads the first message in the thread.

Pages of responses follow with other owners detailing similar setbacks.

"Same here! Will not hold Wi-Fi for more than a few minutes. Two MacBooks and iPhone working fine from same router. Ready to return iPad!!!!!"

Apple New iPad Wi-Fi + 4G

One slate owner told Gizmodo of his Apple Store Genius Bar experience when returning his new iPad.

"I spent 90 minutes in the store. We compared the speed on the 3 and my 2. [It] wasn't a dramatic difference (because we were in the back of the store, closer to the router mothership!) But still there was a difference," he said.

After the staff exchanged his hardware they immediately ran some tests which showed the latest fondleslab indeed had a weaker signal.

"The clerk suggested we try another machine to compare two 3s — and my 2. When we went to the front of the store — at the entryway to the mall — I was vindicated! Because the signal was weaker—the the 2 was flying — getting 12 or 15 — while the 3 was lagging at 3 or 4."

The manager was called and the team tested the issue on another iPad 3. It showed the same results.

Not all New iPads shows the problem, though. Our own Cliff Joseph, proud owner of an iPad 3, said he gets better Wi-Fi reception with his Wi-Fi only tablet. Perhaps other owners' wireless woes occur on the 4G model.

These Wi-Fi grumbles aren't the first complaint iPad 3 owners have raised. Several reports already talk of hardware overheating and the tiring issue of a yellow hue on the display, a consequence of the glue Apple uses in the manufacturing plant.

Have you hit any snags with your new Appleware? Vent spleen on the new Reg Forums. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.