New iPad owners complain of WiFi and overheating Issues

Hundreds of Apple users have taken to the company’s support pages to voice their concerns about Wi-Fi related problems with the new iPad, which was only released last week.

Online complaints about Wi-Fi on the iPad so far include it having weak signal, poor range and loss of connection, with many users noting that other Apple products such as the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 do not have the same problems in the same situation.

The issues come days after Apple was forced to play down reports of overheating concerns with the new iPad, with some reports suggesting the tablet operates up to 13 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 .

US-based Consumer Reports ran a detailed thermal imaging scan, which compared the third and second-generation models.

It found that when running the game Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes, the new iPad reached temperatures of 116F (46.6°C) when plugged in, while the third-generation iPad was found to be 12F hotter than the iPad 2 when plugged in and 13F (6.5°C) higher when unplugged.

It is thought the extra heat is likely to be generated by the computer’s 42.5Wh battery, which is double the size of the one used in the iPad 2, although the problem may also be caused by the quad-core processor, 4G LTE technology and high-resolution Retina display.

Some users noted that their tablet becomes hotter the more it’s on and is certainly noticeable when carrying out intensive tasks such as web browsing, playing games and streaming videos, while others reported that the problem is only noticeable on the bottom left-hand corner near the home button.

Apple responded by saying that the new iPad delivers stunning new technology “while operating well within our thermal specifications”. However, it will be interesting to see what the company has to say if complaints of Wi-Fi and temperature persist.Wi-Fi and temperature persist.

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