Does The New iPad Have Its Own Antennagate Affecting Wi-Fi Performance?


Some new iPad owners are finding its Wi-Fi performance to be poor at best.
Some new iPad owners are finding its Wi-Fi performance to be poor at best.

Forget the slight increase in temperature issue-that-shouldn’t-even-be-an-issue affecting the new iPad. According to some early adopters, the third-generation tablet has its own antennagate. Many users are taking to Apple’s Support Communities forum to complain that the Wi-Fi signal on their device is a lot weaker than that of their iPad 2, and even their iPhones and MacBooks.

The support thread, which was first spotted by Gizmodo, began like this:

I am in a hotel with my laptop and new ipad3. The laptop wifi reception is as strong as it gets, but the iPad only registers a weak signal. Anyone else having similar problems? Any suggestions?

That post quickly spawned a number of replies — 66 at the time of writing this post — many of which compare their new iPad’s Wi-Fi performance with that of their other Apple gadgets, particularly the iPad 2. Here’s a few of them:

Same here ipad2 has twice the wifi range with the same settings as the ipad3. The screens nice but I may return mine if this is the way they all are.

Same here! Will not hold WIFI for more than a few minutes. Two MacBooks and iPhone working fine from same router. Ready to return iPad!!!!!

Same problem. Have the Decorah Eagles live cam running on my MacPro, Mac desktop, and Mac Air on home network no problem. The New IPad – continually loading with occasional brief connection. THIS IS A PROBLEM APPLE YOU NEED TO FIX IT!
Thank you.

I had an ipad1 and no problems,  ipad2 and no problems, ipad3 wifi is WEAK. Settings are the same as the ipad2. I am running a iPhone 4s and an i7 MacBook air on the same routers

While 66 complaints (so far!) may seem like a lot, it’s really a tiny percentage of new iPad owners when you consider that Apple sold 3 million units during the first three days on sale. However, it’s clear that for some users — who may have received devices from a “bad batch” — there is an issue.

Personally, I’ve had no problems with Wi-Fi on my new iPad. What’s yours like?

  • Michael Looney

    No issue on my end. Same speed as all my other iOS devices. 

  • shannon_f

    Mine’s working fine. Then again, it is an iPad 2. *sobs*

  • badtzwang

    Thanks for publishing this. Now that you’ve told me that there is a “problem”, I’m going to believe that there is a “problem” with mine.

  • Carlos Novo

    No issue here. Works great!

  • Myles Kaye

    Baloney, 1 person out of the millions who bought it!

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    I did have an odd issue yesterday where it wouldnt connect to a fairly anemic signal in my house where my macbook pro and iphone all held the signal with ease. I chalked it up to a hiccup and haven’t seen it since, but who knows…

  • MWinNYC

    Not a single problem with WiFi on new iPad. It get GREAT reception, and it’s EXTREMELY fast- faster than my iMac!

  • Scott

    Nope problem here on my new iPad.  However, I am waiting for a replacement because I have dust under my glass.

  • Sean Smith

    I haven’t noticed any problems with wifi strength on mine so far.

  • trex67

    No WiFi issues. Same as iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

    No heat issues. I can’t tell any difference at all.

    My only problem has been downloading books already purchased from iTMS. iBooks hangs up with blue progress bar seemingly finished. I’ve tried deactivating and reactivating iCloud and deleting and reinstalling iBooks. My next step is to do a fresh 5.1 installation without transferring previous settings (I’ve got a lot of apps and folders, so this will take several hours.)

  • benWV

    My iPad 3 isn’t having that problem. Oh, yeah. I don’t have an iPad 3 yet.

  • Eric R. Price

    No issues at all.  In fact, I’d say the WiFi is working better than it did on my iPad 2, which dropped its signal regularly at home.  I haven’t noticed any significant difference in heat either, but then again, I don’t do much gaming these days…  doggone grad school!!

  • indagarden

    In my house we have no problem with the iPad 2 or computers but my new iPad drops off wifi and doesn’t remember the password so I have to keep re-entering it…and it’s long.

  • Jonathan Bell Hawken

    Just blowing a support thread with a few replies that has absolutely no credibility into an antennagate issue?  Cult of Mac, and it’s authors, are so useless.

    Can having an iPad kill you?  One support discussion at, says yes.  Stay tuned for Killian’s next useless article.

  • J Wolf

    Just installed and ran Speedtest on my iPad 3.

    26.55Mbps Down/22.24 Mbps Up.

    Speedtest on my iPad 2:

    15.50Mbps Down/15.24 Mbps Up.

    I think it is the iPad 2 with the ‘Antennagate’ problems!  Outrage!!!!!  

  • Jeff Hurd

    I’ve tried the New iPad on several wireless networks including my work network (which usually produces low signal strength).  The strength and speed were all on par or better than with tests previously on the iPad2.

  • mevans7

    New iPad lost connection yesterday while in my home.  It was a surprise.  I’ll monitor.

  • mevans7

    New iPad lost connection yesterday while in my home.  It was a surprise.  I’ll monitor.

  • Guy Strahl

    no problems, then again i went through four iphone 4’s before i found one that could stay connected to my wifi

  • John

    My new iPad seems to get slightly better WiFi performance compared to the iPad 2. In the dining room I used to get no signal at all, now I get one bar (dot?). Not a huge difference, but better.

    Possibly these are manufacturing defects. With these kinds of frequencies it doesn’t take much to cause some distortion or signal loss.

  • AdamC

    No,I have one and it is just fine.

  • Ray Kebraski

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  • ApplePr0n

    I haven’t had an issue with mine. I mean it’s usually on LTE, but when it is on Wi-Fi it is almost always the same speed as any other electronic on it.