A trip to the Apple news boards shows that not everyone is happy about the gizmo which shipped with a few bugs. Most of the problems are related to faulty wifi on the iPad.
A typical complaint is that the iPad shows no wifi signal, or a very weak signal, where other devices pick it up just fine. One person suggested a design fault in the iPad’s antenna which in Apple gear is just behind the Jobs’ Mob logo.
However, in an iMac’s Apple logo isn’t usually resting on something; the iPad’s usually is. One user said that his iPad works fine if he is standing close to his router but it soon drops out of contact. Every other gadget he has in the house works fine.
The problems are similar to those experienced by early Macbook Air which had a habit of working nicely in the shop but not at home. If the design of the wifi happens to a lot of people it will shut the iFad down completely.
Already one user has threatened to take it back to the shop. There are apparently also a few problems trying to charge the iPad using a USB plug. Some older set ups can’t get enough juice into the iPad which means it never gets fully charged. While these are the sorts of niggles you expect to face when you are an early adopter, Apple really does not have much of an excuse.
The product was late and had plenty of time to test. We guess that Apple was just too scared to try it in the home in case someone broke an NDA and the press got a picture of it.