iPad Sees Battery Charging and Wi-Fi Connection Glitches
We knew there would be some initial glitches with the iPad after launch. And with hundreds of thousands of units now in circulation, it appears the first widely reported "problem" relates to the tablet's ability to wirelessly connect to the Internet. And many of those who have succeeded in gaining a connection report either weak or frequently dropped signal.
Yours truly can similarly report a habitual one bar of Wi-Fi signal. As the problem persists, more posts across the blogosphere have turned up to reflect the apparent Wi-Fi issue, with a large number of users explaining the extent to which they've gone to ensure it's the device causing the problem and not the Wi-Fi signal.
For now, it appears the aforementioned glitch is prevalent with some third-party Wi-Fi routers - that is, those that are dual-band capable. Apple's support document for iPad owners experiencing the recurring problem of the iPad failing to rejoin a wireless network after being turned back on or powering up from sleep mode is scant on info, to say the least. Apple's official advice is to set up individual Wi-Fi network names to properly identify each band. In addition, if you are using multiple WEP keys on your Wi-Fi router, try configuring your Wi-Fi router to use only a single WEP key. Of course, if all else fails, a general reset of network settings may also do the trick.
Beyond the most transparent concerns relating to Wi-Fi connectivity, there have been sporadic reports of battery problems as several iPad customers have reported difficulty or the outright inability to charge their iPad via the device's USB connection.
Despite initial claims that nearly 700,000 iPads were sold over the weekend, it now looks concrete that the figure is actually closer to 300,000. With the iPad 3G models not yet released, for now, only iPads capable of Wi-Fi Internet connection are available.