WiFi issues hit Ipad

After weeks of hype over the new
touch-screen tablet, Apple is now acknowledging that the device sometimes has
trouble connecting to the Internet.

“Under certain conditions,
iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking
from sleep,” Apple said in a post on its technical support site.

Apple’s post came after complaints
from iPad users, who said they weren’t able to get a Wi-Fi connection or that
the connection kept getting dropped. Several, on a message board on Apple’s
support site, said laying the iPad on a flat surface worsened the problem.

The technical glitch could dim the
glow around iPad, which is expected to be Apple’s next big hit product and
redefine the sluggish $1.3 billion tablet market worldwide. An estimated
300,000 iPads were sold on Saturday, though the figure fell short of the
600,000 to 700,000 first-day sales predicted by long-time Apple analyst Gene

The iPad, a hybrid that falls
somewhere between a laptop and a smartphone, connects to the Internet over a
Wi-Fi connection, though Apple will start selling an iPad version that connects
to the Internet via 3G wireless service from AT&T, later this month.

Apple says the Internet-related
problems can occur with third-party Wi-Fi routers that are dual-band capable if
more than one network has the same name or someone had different security
settings for the different networks. Apple suggests users create separate names
for different Wi-Fi bands and make sure that multiple networks have the same
security settings.

If problems persist, Apple’s post
suggests resetting iPad’s network settings.

Analyst Munster estimates the
problem probably affects less than 2 per cent of all iPads.