iPad 3 Wi-Fi Issues Could Be Due to Faulty Power-Saving Feature
Issues with poor Wi-Fi range and connectivity on the new iPad may be due to power-saving features that aren't working correctly, according to Aaron Vronko, CEO of Michigan-based Rapid Repair.
In an interview with ComputerWorld, Vronko says that "the fact that a network settings reset can sometimes resolve the issue points strongly to a power-saving feature run amok."
"[The Broadcom BCM4330 chip] boasts a new design including several new power-saving features," said Vronko. "Wi-Fi can be a hungry customer in mobile devices and Apple knew that the new LCD and its requisite monster truck GPU would be guzzling battery juice. They had to go aggressive on performance per milliwatt on every other component."
Vronko wasn't surprise to hear of user complaints. "Tune a few million test subjects tightly against the performance limit and you're bound to have some problems in the field," he said.
A leaked Apple support document reveals that the company is 'capturing' all iPads exhibiting Wi-Fi issues for analysis.