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Poor wifi reception on new iPad

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  • joelfromcanada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to HeathClif)

    HeathClif wrote:

     

     

    Is everyone here having problems with the 32g?  Or the 16g as well?

     

    I noticed something interesting with my new iPad (64gb/4g) while sitting in bed last night.  I can't remember which orientation of landscape mode I was holding it in (speaker top right or bottom left) but I did notice that if I rested my finger along the top left of the unit, my wifi signal would lose 1 bar.  I could repeat this at will and as soon as my finger lifted off the side of the unit (no more than 1 inch) I'd get full strength.  The bedroom is almost as far from the router (Netgear WNDR3700) as you can get.  Now, it didn't really seem to affect performance.  Still, it was strange to see that.   Thankfully, I don't have any problems with heat, charge times, or yellowing of the screen.

     

    Does the iPad use dual antennas like the 4S?

  • thecountrymike Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 12:53 AM (in response to HeathClif)

    I'm having the same issues on a 64g wifi brought via the online store and shipped to England.

     

    Frustrating that there isn't more on this outside this thread.

     

    Mike

  • simon700 Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 1:07 AM (in response to thecountrymike)

    After reporting I was having this problem last night, I am now in the reception of the hotel (I was in the bedroom last night). The signal is full strength again, and no matter how I hold it, the signal stays full. This leads me to suspect that although last night the signal reported full, it wasn't. And then by holding the iPad, it further reduced it to the point of losing it. That's my experience anyway.

  • HeathClif Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 2:53 AM (in response to thecountrymike)

    Wow, you're in England!   I am confused, too, why there's no Internet "chatter" about this. 

  • Sdsurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 5:51 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    I had the my trusty old ipad 1 next to my "new ipad" last night and was transferring some Safari bookmarks over to the new unit. I was at home and oly 20 feet from my Airport WiFi unit. Sure enough, the new ipad was just giving me the spinning wheel of doom, while the old ipad zipped right to the same website that the new ipad couldn't get to.  I did a hard reboot on the new ipad and it immediately got to the website that it was unable to connect to a few mintes before.  A couple websites later, the new ipad was hung up again.

     

    This *****.  I'm getting my money back if this is how life with the new ipad is going to be.

     

    I miss Steve.

  • tomazzzi Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:08 AM (in response to Sdsurfer)

    Like the 4S this newipad ( 16gig wifi for me ) has trouble to connect to some access points.

     

    I can t connect to my Cisco Aironet at work when ipad 1, 2 and iphone 3g, 3gs & 4 have no problems at all.

     

    Please solve this issue !

  • HCHOHAN Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    I've got the same problem in locations the iPad2 works fine in - the '3' hangs and the wifi signal drops out

  • jimwfly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:18 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    Definitely an issue with mine too.  Might try taking it back to the Apple store.

  • _madscientist_ Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:28 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    I'm living in Germany. I've got a 16gb wifi only "new" iPad.

    And I'm also experiencing serious wifi reception issues.

    While I get full bars on my iPhone 4, I only get one dot on my iPad.

    I own an iPad 2 as well and I can't remember ever having this kind of bad reception.

    But I wasn't one of the early adopters as well.

    This time I think I'm getting punished for being an early adopter.

    This kind of bad reception is a total NO GO for a "portable" device!

    I hope they can fix this with a software update. Otherwise I'll have to return this "marvelous" device.

     

    Cheers

  • TPFolair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to thecountrymike)

    Same issue. Bought and shipped from Apple.com. 64 gb, wifi, 4G iPad. Wifi reception in my living room via AirportXtreme is terrible while my late 2007 MacBook and iPhone 4 are both perky and receptive.  Praying the fix will be in the software…

  • JasonLR Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    My iPad 3rd generation has much worse range than my iPad 1. Two places I use it most My Driveway, and "down the hall at work" iPad 1 (iPhone 4s, and Macbook) all have solid connections. New iPad nothing. not a thing. I've been waiting to see how wide spread it is.

  • Jmmtz Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    I've got the same issue here...have a 32GB 4G from ATT and the wifi reception blows compared to my iphone 4, 1st gen ipad.  Speeds were like .46Mbps on my new ipad, yet my iphone on wifi was @ 1.22Mbps.  Both devices were idle, not running any apps other than the speed test.  These tests were done more than once after a fresh reboot, next to each other.

  • John Scott1 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:56 AM (in response to joelfromcanada)

    Would not surprise me to find that Apple has tweaked down the power on the WiFi chip to save battery. Thus causing your lower signal. I have always found iPads, iPod Touch and iPhones to have weaker WiFi reception.

    At least compared to other hardware such as laptops. But in all fairness I find my Macbook Pro can pickup a decent signal in my garage compared to my Wife's HP which barely can get a signal. Sometimes its just the oritentation of the antenna that causes more problems. I have always thought the iPad to have issues with its metal back in terms of creating a directional signal. If you want a more omni directional signal. Apple would almost certainly have to go to a plastic back for its iPad.

  • It_caveman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 6:59 AM (in response to Jmmtz)

    Has anyone noticed they the colors are off on a lot things? Here is an example: go to graigs list in your area, then note the color of the text. It should be a true blue. I noted the following:

     

    iPad 3 - looks more purple to me.

     

    iPad 2 - Looks blue

     

    Iphone 4 - Looks blue

     

    Iphone 4S - looks blue

     

    Mac book Air 11" i7 - looks blue

     

    The ones that look blue all look the same shade of blue as well.

     

    Only the iPad3 color looks off at leas t this one. Anyone else?

  • miguel221 Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to stlsteve)

    Had a similar problem with my iPhone 4S. Went to the Apple Store where I bought it. They told me that was not normal and replaced it with a new one, which works great... Provided that probably Apple uses the same WiFi antenna, might be a problem with one supplier?

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