The new iPad is available. It launched Friday, March 16 and sold like hotcakes over its first weekend. Nothing new there, right? Anyway, as with any new product, there are bound to be a few problems here and there. The new iPad is not immune. It has its share of issues and other minor hiccups that users are reporting.
Let’s take a look at some of what people are experiencing with their new iPad. We suggest reading through each known complaint with the iPad, because most of the issues (with the exception of wifi) are not something that should make or break your iPad experience. They are just things that are being reported around the internet.
1) Wifi Issues
This one is probably the number one problem that can affect your opinion on the iPad. It seems that the new iPad has some issues with wifi. They are actually kind of bad if user reports are accurate. Users have noticed that the new iPad (we will just call it iPad 3 for the sake of reference) has some weak-ish wifi compared to the iPad 2. Users have tested out both he iPad 2 and iPad 3 next to each other and are finding major differences in connection speeds. This is amplified when they move further from their router, for instance, the bedroom. (link)
These were reported yesterday. It’s not really an issue in our eyes. It’s actually very trivial. It was found that the iPad 3 actually becomes a bit hotter than the iPad 2. In all seriousness, the temperature increase is slight. In fact “warmer” is probably a more accurate word, because it’s not exactly becoming hot. Still, it was enough for Apple to respond to heating claims. They said that “The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.” So far, we haven’t heard any reports of anyone burning their fingers or having to put it down because it became unbearably hot. (Link)
3) LTE is Data-Hungry
The first thing I thought when I read “LTE eats through data plans faster than 3G” my first thought was ,”Duh!” However, when you read another headline that says users are going through their monthly cap in just hours, you know people are going to have problems. This isn’t necessarily an issue. You watch video or something on your tablet, you go through data faster. It’s not rocket science. However, the Wall Street Journal points to the story of one fellow who decided to watch two hours of college basketball. He reached his 2GB cap within those two hours.
That’s expected, and it’s obvious that watching more video will eat through more data, especially now that speeds allow for that kind of consumption. Perhaps the real question here is whether new plans will be introduced to make it easier for users to enjoy more video content before having to pay up the wazoo for more data. (Link)
4) Battery Charges Much Slower
Well, technically, maybe it’s not so much the battery charging slower as it is that it’s a higher capacity battery, therefore it requires more charging. It’s expected with a bigger battery, however, it’s something you may want to keep in mind next time you need a quick charge. Be prepared to wait a bit longer. Also, know that you will be waiting an extra long time if you aren’t using the proper iPad charger. For instance, if you are in a pinch and need to use the iPhone charger, you will be waiting for a while. This is even more so the case when you are using apps. The same is true if you are plugged into a USB port rather than a wall outlet. If you need to charge your tablet, it may be best to do it overnight. We have some links about chargers and iPad charing here and here (the second link was written for the original iPad, but much of the information is still relevant).
That’s About It So Far
There isn’t much more than that. We think wifi is a major problem. As far as the heating and the data used by LTE goes, we don’t think it’s a huge deal. Sure, maybe the LTE thing means the carriers will have to introduce better data plans for the new iPad, but users should definitely know that watching hours of streaming video eats through your monthly cap. Fast.