WiFi Problems on the iPad Could be Caused by Power Management Settings
Software update could be an effective solution for Wi-Fi connectivity problems that owners have been complaining with Apple’s latest tablet, the new iPad. Experts on hardware repair told the media recently what might be at the core of Wi-Fi problems that plagued the tablet. They thought the problem might be with the power management settings, rather than hardware defects. Since the new iPad became available in March, users have been reporting numerous Wi-Fi issues. These complaints aren’t about complete malfunction of the Wi-Fi capability, instead they experienced slow data transfer speed, the inability to detect Wi-Fi networks and weak signal strength. Because these problems are relatively intermittent, these could be caused by insufficient power that gets to internal components, rather than Wi-Fi components being defective or broken outright.
Just like other components in a tablet, Wi-Fi demands a substantial amount of power. There’s the huge 9.7” screen with Retina display technology, which continuously gobbles up battery juice in order to deliver crisp, lush graphics and there’s also the GPU components that handle the rendering tasks for the display. The new iPad is more powerful than its predecessors, which consequently leads to higher power consumption. In order to maintain 10 hours of battery life, Apple needs to employ software-based measures including limiting supply of power to internal components under certain situations. A small glitch in default power management settings may prevent enough electrons from reaching Wi-Fi related components. Apple has confirmed that it has identified the problem and once the company has the problem ironed out, we would soon get a patch.