iPad: 2 Days Since It’s Release; 2 Major Flaws

The iPad has been out for 2 days, and several consumers have reported 2 issues.

1. Wifi: Several complaints have came in about the iPad’s Wifi signal is weak or their connection is dropping while other devices on the same network are working fine. Apple has published a few articles in their knowledge base for this issue:

iPad: Does not automatically rejoin known Wi-Fi networks

iPad: Connecting to the Internet

iPad: Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and connections

2. iPads overheating in the sun: PC Magazine editor Zach Honig tweeted on Twitter that he took his new iPad out in the sun in New York City and ten minutes later it shut down with the message, “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it.” Honig placed his iPad in his refrigerator and was able to use it a few minutes later. The temperate outside in New York City has been in the 70’s the past few days. The specifications on the iPad operating temperature range is 32° to 95° F.


Apple usually has a strong track record when it comes to the release of 1st generation devices, but these are 2 major issues stand out since it affects the selling points of the iPad: Wifi and being a portable device. Summer time is coming up, and consumers will be using their iPads outside. Wifi is a must have unless you have the more expensive 3G version of the tablet. Without Wifi, you cannot access the iPad app store or access online content.

Thursday, April 8th, Apple will be holding a special event at the Apple Campus about the 4.0 OS for the iPhone. Hopefully they will have a comment about these rising issues on the iPad.

Tim Martin is a Technology specialist, who gives us insights into the technology and software that helps us to get through our day. Technology is everywhere, an increasingly pervasive part of our lives. Tim helps us make sense of it in many ways.