Since its availability in market, Apple has sold more than 4 Million units of the New iPad. However, the new tablet with its super cool Retina display and powerful quad core processor bringing a wave of dissatisfaction in users.
There are many users reporting about the various issues they are facing with the new iPad and finding it uncomfortable to use in some areas.
The New iPad has already been reported to have a problem with overheating which has been confirmed by benchmarks. Some users are reporting that the New iPad has problems getting a attired WiFi signal.
Heating Issues in New iPad
Many consumers are complaining that the New iPad heats up very fast while charging or when used continuously for few hours. Some magazines have reported that it heats up to 47 degree Celsius compared to just 39 degree Celsius of iPad2.
Poor Wi-Fi Signal Receiver
Apple’s new iPad has trouble picking up and holding on to wi-fi signals, say users. A thread on Apple’s official forums has 144 posts from angry users, and has been read by 5,000 people, Daily Mail reported Thursday.
“This is a problem Apple – you need to fix it,” says one user. “The laptop Wi-Fi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal. Anyone else having similar problems? Any suggestions?” Daily Mail quoted one user as saying.
Other Apple launches have been blighted by similar problems, including the original iPad and some models of iBook, the newspaper said.
Smart Covers aren’t working properly
The news comes as users complain that a hidden “upgrade” to the new machine has meant that many older “Smart Covers” – the magnetic covers used by Apple which turn on the machine automatically when opened – won’t work.
The problem is particularly bad with third-party covers made by companies other than Apple, but older official Apple covers also fail to work.
The higher resolution of the New iPad brings another problem for its users and i.e. the heavier apps, which means lesser apps and data can be stored on the new iPad as compared to the same variant of iPad 2.
Since iPad has no provision of external memory, you have to go for bigger storage version (32 GB and 64 GB) than the 16 GB version, if you want to store more apps on your iPad.
Takes long time to Charge
PCworld has reported that the New iPad takes as much as six hours to fully charge its battery, which is the longest duration among 40 tablets the magazine tested. However it should also be noted here that it also has one of the best battery backup time for any 4G device, thanks to a bigger battery.
Using a plugged-in iPad results in the device’s battery meter continuing to drop, almost as if the gadget isn’t connected to a power source. Based on most forum posts, it sounds as if the issue mainly occurs when a particularly processor-intensive app is being used. “It seems that under extremely heavy processor usage, the iPad is unable to draw sufficient power from its USB connection to both power the device and charge the battery simultaneously,” explains MacRumors’ Jordan Golson.
USA based warranty provider ‘SquareTrade’ says that the tablet is more fragile than the iPad2 and completely shatters when dropped from shoulder height. Other than that people are also complaining that the tablet eats up a lot of data, and also doesn’t support Facetime (video chat) function on LTE network.
The new iPad also doesn’t support SIRI, the popular voice command service – which though is planned and not accidental from Apple.
I was planning to buy the New iPad ditching my current iPad 2 but these reported problem stopped me doing so. I think its better to wait for the release of more stable iPad 3 next year.