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

“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,” Caleb Cox reports for Register Hardware.

“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,” Cox reports. “‘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.”

Cox reports, “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.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Anybody seeing problems? If so, please let us know below and tell us your iPad (2012) type (Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi+4G). We’re not seeing any issues with any of our iPad Wi-Fi+4G units.


    1. Same here. Seems like half a bar weaker. Occasionally the connection goes out completely. It’ll come back, even if I don’t move, but it’s a little flakey. I’m disappointed, because I didn’t like the reception I was getting with 1st gen iPad and I hoped the new one would be better, but no such luck

      But I should stress it’s not *that* big a deal — it’s only an issue perhaps once a day or every other day. It’s not constant. I think I must be at the edge of my wifi range or something. And yes, I’m using an Apple Airport Extreme router and this is an N network and I have tried all the channels. The good news is that when it is connected, the network speed is faster than with old iPad (according to the network speed test app).

  1. I have this problem with an iPad 2! I travel frequently and stay in the same hotel every time. My iPhone and MacBook Pro connect to the Wi-Fi network just fine and show maximum signal strenght. My iPad 2 often won’t connect or drops the connection and never registers max signal, usually just 1 or sometime 2.

  2. Wi-Fi definitely is weaker on my 2012 Wi-Fi + 4G 64GB compared to the previous iPad 2010 Wi-Fi + 3G 64GB but I am getting along with it.

    What annoys me much more is that after leaving a Wi-Fi area or network I am not able to establish a mobile network connection over 3G or EDGE (no compatible $G networks in Europe). Full 3G/EDGE is available but an error message pops up saying something like “Mobile Network could not be established”. Switching into Airplane mode to cut off all network connections and then switching it Airplane mode off again doesn’t help.

    The 3G/EDGE network will work smoothly again after switching the new iPad off completely and switching it on again. This is really bad.

  3. neither my wife (who had an original iPad for comparison purposes for two years) nor i have had problems at home, at work, or at airports. we both have new iPad wi-fi + att 4g.

      1. i should add I had same issues with iPad 2.
        In general it is pretty good for email / web etc. it’s definitely not that I get stuck without access or anything microsoftian like that

  4. We have the original iPad, a MacBook Air, a MacBoo Pro, and the new iPad. No WiFi problems at all. In fact, the WiFi signal has been steady and strong — I have not had a single dropped connection and have used it in many locations from home, office, Starbucks, car dealer, etc.

  5. There’s some issue here. I don’t know if it’s a performance issue or just a software display issue. But I’ll bet Apple fixes it by just displaying more bars that it should, like it did with the iPhone 4.

    I have a iPad (2012) Wifi+4G Verizon 64GB Black that shows 2 out of 3 bars. My MacBook Air shows 4 out of 4 bars. My iPhone 4 shows 3 out of 3. My spouse’s first generation iPad with 3G shows 3 out of 3. They are all connected to the same Dual Band Apple Time Capsule on a 5 GHz 802.11 N connection.

  6. You all are just noticing this now? My research (laying in bed or sitting in the living room) shows that my iPad 2 catches about 1/3 of the number of WiFi networks in the neighborhood that my first generation iPod touch does. Yes, first generation iPod touch. The iPod only misses one or two networks that my MacBook picks up. The iPod has one plastic corner on the metal back where the antenna is. The iPad has none. Metal and high frequency radio signals just don’t mix. It’s that simple. Once again we are screwed by form over function.

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