Apple's new iPad has trouble picking up and holding on to wi-fi signals, say users. A thread on Apple's official forums has 144 posts from angry users, and has been read by 5,000 people, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Handout image released by iFixit.com shows a micro-SIM card slot from a new iPad which they dismantled in Melbourne, Australia. iFixit.com staff flew to the Telstra store in Melbourne and were the first customers in line to buy the new iPad for this teardown project, according to the iFixit.com blog. Reuters
"This is a problem Apple - you need to fix it," says one
"The laptop wifi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal. Anyone else having similar problems? Any suggestions?" Daily Mail quoted one user as saying.
Other Apple launches have been blighted by similar problems, including the original iPad and some models of iBook, the newspaper said. PICS: Apple unveils new iPad
The news comes as users complain that a hidden "upgrade" to the new machine has meant that many older smart covers - the magnetic covers used by Apple which turn on the machine automatically when opened - won't work.
The problem is particularly bad with third-party covers made by companies other than Apple, but older official Apple covers also fail to work, the paper added.
Does New iPad throw off much more heat?
Apple Inc's new iPad throws off a lot more heat than the previous version, lending weight to complaints on Internet forums that the hot-selling tablet computer could get uncomfortably warm after heavy use, an influential consumer watchdog found after running tests.
Consumer Reports, a widely followed group that reviews everything from electronics to cars, found that Apple's new tablet racked up temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius) after 45 minutes of running an intense action game, up to 13 degrees F hotter than the previous model under similar conditions.
New ipad hacked within hours of release
iPad wasn't even a day in the market, when eager hackers pounced on the much-awaited device. Reportedly, the next-generation iPad was jailbroken within three hours of its market release on March 16.
Jailbreaking, is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system. It leaves the device vulnerable to users who can gain root access to the operating system and download additional apps that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.
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(With inputs from agencies)