Buyers of the new Apple iPad are growing a thread on Apple Support Communities with complaints about the tablet’s wireless capabilities.
One user says “I am in a hotel with my laptop and new ipad3. The laptop wifi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal. Anyone else having similar problems? Any suggestions?”
Another chimes in to say “I am seeing this too. I am currently writing this from mymipad 1 because my new iPad RIGHT BESIDE ME doesn't pick up my wifi signal….”
“Same here ipad2 has twice the wifi range with the same settings as the ipad3. The screens nice but I may return mine if this is the way they all are,” says another.
Forum user “stlsteve” actually had high hopes for the tablet. He picked up the new iPad from Best Buy, as he prepared to go on his honey moon in Hawaii.
He had imagined he’d catch up on some news reading once he’d arrive, but no cigar:
“I picked mine up at Best Buy on Friday on my way to the airport for our honeymoon in Hawaii (Kauai). What a disappointment it has turned out to be. Pictured myself reading the news with it each morning over long, relaxed breakfasts and coffee and in a lounge chair by the pool. Instead, I am sitting in a baautiful restaruant typing this with my big awkward laptop. The iPad goes back to Best Buy when I get home,” he writes.
Apple may address the WiFi connection issues, and the alleged overheating of the tablet device, in a future software update. It has also been reported that the tablet doesn't charge while running some games. For now, all these remain to be confirmed as widespread issues.