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Apple to fix iPad Wi-Fi issues

Patch to tackle weak wireless signals

Apple has revealed it will offer a patch that is intended to cure iPads suffering from weak wireless signals, dropped connections and slow surfing speeds.

But some users were sceptical that a patch would solve their problems.

"A very small number of iPad users have experienced issues with Wi-Fi connectivity," Apple said in a support advisory updated last week.

"Apple will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update."

The note was the first official word from the company that it would address grievances about connecting and staying connected with home and public wireless networks.

Just days after Apple started selling the Wi-Fi-only iPad in the US on April 3, buyers began reporting problems acquiring a wireless connection, keeping that connection alive or browsing the internet at customary speeds.

An earlier version of the support document had simply offered several workarounds, including one suggesting that users modify settings on their wireless routers.

The updated document included that workaround, as well as others ranging from renewing the IP address to updating their router's firmware.

Apple did not specify a delivery date for the iPad update, not a surprise since the company does not forewarn users of impending fixes, but simply posts them on its website and adds them to its update mechanism.

Like the iPhone , the iPad will need to be connected to a Mac or Windows computer running iTunes to receive updates.

One user noticed the lack of a timetable.

"There's no indication anywhere when it will be released. Could be days, weeks or even months away. Don't hold your breath," said 'FrankPalmer' on an Apple's support forum thread about the promised update.

Others were doubtful that a software update could fix the problem, what with Apple's earlier advice to modify router settings, or other users' recommendations to get a new wireless router.

"We'll see what a software update does; hopefully that takes care of these issues," said 'mva5580' on the same thread.

"But it's pretty obvious that there is something wrong inside the hardware and 'Buy a new router' should not have to be the solution."

Although Apple has committed to upgrading its mobile operating system this summer for iPhones and iPod Touches, it said previously that the iPhone 4 OS update won't be available to iPad users until this fall.

See also: Apple iPad available for pre-order today


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