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The iPads Wi-Fi troubles?

April 5, 2010

As is to be expected, more and more elaborate reviews of the iPad are coming out on an almost hourly basis.

Within a week we should be expecting a full on comprehensive review that tests just about everything the iPad has to offer.

But til then we will have to make due with people complaining or bragging about certain iPad features.

Right now, several people are complaining about the iPads weak Wi-Fi issues.

From Tech Crunch:

A typical complaint is that the iPad shows no wifi signal, or a very weak signal, where other devices pick it up just fine

It gets even more specific:

Having this issue with my iPad as well. It’s dropping down to one bar in a part of the house the most other devices, including my MBP and my iPhone, get full service. The WiFi is so dense in our house that I often get signal outside on most of my devices. The iPad’s WiFi antenna is like the new iMacs – it’s centrally located behind the Apple logo, and it’s tiny. The difference is the iMac’s Apple logo isn’t usually resting on something; the iPad’s usually is.

Hopefully this isn’t a serious issue because this has the potential to make the iPad rather worthless. But then again… wi-fi issues do tend to come from poor hardware and design configurations. As Tech Crunch writer Michael Arrington points out:

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 Wifi would make this a very unattractive device. Particularly if they run into Macbook Air type problems.

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