Apple’s line of iPads can be great tools for productivity or entertainment. The most commonly used apps for the iPad use some kind of network to function, whether it is Wifi, bluetooth, or network 3G/4G. When these devices start to exhibit network problems, they become far less useful.
Interesting iPad facts
● The original iPad was released in 2010 – three years after the iPhone.
● Despite being released well after, the iPad entered production before the iPhone.
● Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, conceptualized the basic idea of the iPad in the early 80’s.
● The iPad’s predecessor was a line of digital tablets, starting with the MessagePad in 1993.
● Initially, iPads were far more successful in sales than iPhones, selling at approximately double the rate.
● Before being replaced by the iPad 2, the original iPad sold enough units (over 15 million) to outnumber all other tablets in the current market.
● Though it has fewer gigahertz than many Android tablets, Apple’s patented processor is typically on par with or faster than most other 2Ghz processors.
● Many public school systems are now employing the use of iPads as educational devices, allowing for collaborative projects and easy access to online companion learning platforms.
Models of the iPad
The iPad has seen many revisions, but in general each model stays relatively the same. The only major differences are system specs and physical size. All models have:
● The same WiFi capabilities (802.11 a/b/g/n)
● An accelerometer
● A compass
● Display size of 9.7 inches, backlit with LED
The iPad 1 and iPad 2 are the only devices which use the 3G network and 2.1+ EDR Bluetooth; all others use 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.
For the standard sized version, there are four models, named simply iPad 1 through 4. The iPad 1 has:
● 1Ghz dual-core Apple A4 processor
● 1024×768 resolution
● 256MB of RAM
● 16, 32, or 64GB of storage
● No camera
The iPad 2 is a small step up, with the following improvements:
● 1Ghz dual-core Apple A5 processor
● 512MB of RAM
● A front facing and rear camera
Switching from iPad 2 to iPad 3 shows more significant gains, mostly in resolution:
● 1Ghz dual core Apple A5X processor
● 2048×1536 resolution
● The introduction of Siri
And finally, the iPad 4 is equipped for more intensive apps with:
● 1.4Ghz dual-core A6X processor
● 1GB of RAM
● A 128GB storage option
The iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 are, as the name suggests, smaller in size (but not small enough to resemble an iPod). Their specs are similar to the iPad 3 and 4, respectively. The iPad Air is the same as the iPad 4 except with a motion co-processor added in and a better CPU. It is also much more efficient when using WiFi as it takes advantage of multiple antennae.
Apple is about to release a new iPad, called the iPad Pro. This is expected to perform slightly better than the iPad 4, with its key feature being that it is noticeably larger.
Common issues with iPad WiFi Bluetooth and Network 3G/4G
Symptom: iPad Wifi grey out
Problem: Wifi cannot be activated for some reason, possibly due to a damaged antenna, faulty network settings, or an error from updating the operating system. This iPad Wifi problem is possibly the most common of all, with most cases affecting users of the iPad 2.
Symptom: No signal / no service from network
Problem: Once again, your antenna may be damaged. You may also simply be in an area with no service or a tower might be down in the area. Of course, you could have also forgotten to pay your bill.
How to fix iPad 2 Wifi problems (or any model)
Since it is a delicate process, the best way to fix iPad 2 Wifi antenna issues is to bring your device to a repair shop. Singapore’s best location, iRepair, accepts walk-ins and is located on Prinsep street. Most network problems can be repaired quickly enough for you to wait in the comfortable lounge area for your device. Even if the issue lies in the software and not the hardware, iRepair is the only viable option.
Here are a few tips on keeping your network functions working properly:
● Keep your iPad in a protective case – dropping an iPad can loosen or damage the antenna.
● Refrain from attempting to repair iPad wifi on your own (especially when dealing with hardware). These devices are delicate and a single slip could affect your network reception.
● If possible, wait a few days before installing OS updates. See what people around the web have to say about the update – if it is faulty in some way, a hotfix patch might be rolled out shortly after.