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Two Early iPad Problems: Weak Wi-Fi, Overheating

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Could the iPad be plagued with first-generation design woes?

A first generation product is rarely without flaws. While it may represent the most bleeding edge of a new technology, it often comes at the price of having several rough edges that are usually smoothed out in future iterations of that product.

While it may be too early to say for sure what the flaws are with the new iPad (aside from the omissions of certain features such as a webcam), early reports are pointing to problems with the Wi-Fi and potential sensitivity to heat.

Users of the iPad are reporting that the wireless signal reported by the tablet is weaker or less reliable than other products in the same vicinity. Several stories from the web, including those from TUAW, AppleInsider, and TechCrunch mention personal experience and other forum posts detailing Wi-Fi woes. One theory is that the aluminum back casing is blocking too much of the signal, or that it's a software issue.

Another problem cropped up through use from the masses is reports of overheating, forcing the iPad to lock up with a temperature warning. As mentioned in stories from MacNN and CNet, users from California, Texas and New York report that the iPad got warm enough that the screen displayed a warning icon along with the message, "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it."

One user put his iPad in the fridge for a short while to return the tablet back to the mood needed for operation. While we're not yet sure of what temperatures the iPads were used but, Apple lists operating temperatures of the iPad at 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C), which could easily be exceeded if exposed to sunlight for a length of time.

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    afciscoguy , April 6, 2010 2:17 AM
    95 Degree's?? WHAT??

    If you live anywhere warm, or, Lord forbid take your new iPad to the beach, have a good time with that :) 

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    Nexus52085 , April 6, 2010 2:50 AM
    "While it may represent the most bleeding edge of a new technology"
    .....Really? This thing is bleeding edge? Really? How can anyone seriously make this statement? It's a bigger, faster(better damn well be), iPod touch. End of story.
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  • 35 Hide
    afciscoguy , April 6, 2010 2:17 AM
    95 Degree's?? WHAT??

    If you live anywhere warm, or, Lord forbid take your new iPad to the beach, have a good time with that :) 

  • 27 Hide
    doc70 , April 6, 2010 2:41 AM
    iBurn...
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    Nexus52085 , April 6, 2010 2:50 AM
    "While it may represent the most bleeding edge of a new technology"
    .....Really? This thing is bleeding edge? Really? How can anyone seriously make this statement? It's a bigger, faster(better damn well be), iPod touch. End of story.
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    lauxenburg , April 6, 2010 2:51 AM
    that's what you get for not putting a heatsink on a 1ghz processor.
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    ominous prime , April 6, 2010 3:00 AM
    It's always best to let the masochists with too much money be the early adopters, then buy the second generation or later.
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    doc70 , April 6, 2010 3:07 AM
    Nexus52085"While it may represent the most bleeding edge of a new technology".....Really? This thing is bleeding edge? Really? How can anyone seriously make this statement? It's a bigger, faster(better damn well be), iPod touch. End of story.

    They meant it literally, bleeding....
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    amabhy , April 6, 2010 3:08 AM
    Looks like the iCrap is overheating from all the hype.

    Useless piece of trash.
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    orionantares , April 6, 2010 3:10 AM
    First generation? I thought this was the 4th version of the iPod Touch they've released so far.
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    Tindytim , April 6, 2010 3:13 AM
    doc70They meant it literally, bleeding....

    I guess the Fermi is the only tech hot enough to actually cauterize wounds.
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    opmopadop , April 6, 2010 3:27 AM
    I have to ask, is that 35'C while its on a table in a room thats 35'C, or 35'C of the unit while its sitting on your lap while your infront of a heater.
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    Tindytim , April 6, 2010 3:37 AM
    opmopadopI have to ask, is that 35'C while its on a table in a room thats 35'C, or 35'C of the unit while its sitting on your lap while your infront of a heater.

    Well, they're talking about a heat limitation (as in a heat that if exceeded, causes the device to fail), not heat generation (the amount of heat the device generates). Like afciscoguy said, good luck taking that to the beach. Hell, it's already in the high 20's C, low 80's F here in florida. It might fail if I use it in the sunlight.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2010 3:40 AM
    http://www.thetechland.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/33.jpg
    That explains the whole situation =)
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    nekatreven , April 6, 2010 3:44 AM
    "Apple. It just works."*


    *(when the ambient temperature is 80 degrees F, the relative humidity is 40%, as long as you didn't want to do anything besides what all the other tablets will also do for what will most likely be a lower price, assuming we haven't had to delete any of your forum posts this year, and (very important) as long as you've daily looked into your reflection in the ipad and recited i love steve 5 times)
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    husker , April 6, 2010 3:47 AM
    seraphimcadutolaunch day and people are already looking for problems, could we do this for every product for every manufacturer? I don't care either way but if you are going to look for every problem on a launch product, do so equally.

    Face it: This product has received a lot of press since well before its launch. Its actual launch is a mainstream news story on major tv networks. But when problems are reported you expect it to be treated like any other tech product?
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    Tindytim , April 6, 2010 3:47 AM
    codeman03xxAnd on WHERE THE HELL IS MY SOLID STATE COOLING, i guess it requires to much power.. maybe some day.

    It's called a heatsink.

    No moving parts involved.
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    ikefu , April 6, 2010 3:58 AM
    95F seems really low to actually cause hardware failures. I wonder if they implemented that to protect against lawsuits claiming they were burned by the aluminum casing on the back.

    In which case... I once again blame all the lawyers.
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    newxmatrix , April 6, 2010 4:07 AM
    Apple: iPad Was Designed to Run Hot
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    kdashjl , April 6, 2010 4:16 AM
    maybe the magic burns
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