Apple Admits iPad 2 3G Issues

Apple admitted on Friday it is looking into a Verizon 3G connectivity issue that some iPad 2 owners are reporting.

"We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues with the Verizon 3G network and we are investigating it," Apple says in a statement to All Things Digital.

The problem has popped up in the Apple support forums and apparently causes iPad 2 owners to restart their tablets to reconnect to 3G after turning it off.

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er nixxon2000 started the conversation in Apple's forums on March 15 -- just four days after the device's release date -- saying, "When I try to connect to the cellular data it just says iPad or Searching in the top of the screen. ... If I do a hard reset I can get it to work."

As of Saturday, there were eight pages of discussion about the problem, which doesn't appear to effect AT&T models of the device.

If the issue is software-related, it could be short lived. AppleInsider points out a fix could be included in the soon-to-be released iOS 4.3.2. Boy Genius Report seems to think that update will arrive sometime in the next two weeks.

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At a Glance
  • The iPad 2 remains the tablet to beat, even though its improvements represent just a satisfying aesthetic and spec evolution over its predecessor. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds
    • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold

    Cons

    • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
    • Tediously slow to charge
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