While the iOS 4.2.1 update brought to the iPad a slew of long awaited features such as folders and multitasking, the new version of the OS also introduced a number of bugs impacting a sizable number of iPad users.
WiFi connectivity seems to be one of the main areas of contention between iPad users and Apple, as many users are reporting extremely low Wi-Fi performance, on a variety of access points, including some versions of Apple branded wireless hotspots.
If you’re experiencing the issue and need some help, a specific thread can be found on Apple’s support forums – be prepared to do a lot of reading, as the topic already has almost 700 replies!
Here are some of the most commonly suggested fixes:
- Restart your WiFi router
- Reboot your iPad (hold home and sleep buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo)
- Delete your iPad WiFi settings, and reconfigure your iPad
- Update your WiFi router with the latest available firmware
- If your router supports 802.11n, try to switch from 802.11g to 802.11n, or vice-versa
At this stage, it is hard to tell how widespread the problem is, but given the number of posts on Apple’s forums, the issue seems fairly common. Apple has not officially acknowledged the problem, and iPad users may have to wait until the release of iOS 4.3 – scheduled for later this year, or early next year – before the issue gets fixed.