With Apple's acknowledgment that some iPads have a Wi-Fi problem, we have confirmation that the problem isn't one of those made-up-by whiner iPad issues. Looking for things to complain (and write) about, iPad users (and bloggers) created non-issues, like a battery charging "problem" and Warmthgate, in which the tablet warmed to "uncomfortable" temperatures. Considering all the possibilities for why a device might not connect to wireless, the Wi-Fi problem seemed to fall under that category. But per an Apple Care document from 9to5 Mac, the Wi-Fi thing is real, and Apple's on it, instructing it Geniuses to "capture" the renegade Pads.
iPad owners have complained of this iPad issue as early as the weekend after the gadget went on sale. The issue, as its name suggests, is that some iPads will not connect to Wi-Fi. "The Wi-Fi is driving me nuts. My wheel keeps spinning waiting for pages to connect while lying on my bed," said one annoyed Apple Forum commenter back in March. At the time, we suggested taking the tablet back, which worked for some forum users. Now, the "Poor Wi-Fi Reception on New iPad" forum has 49 pages of similar complaints. Considering these are Wi-Fi only objects, without mobile data capabilities, the tablet is kind of useless without a Wi-Fi connection.