After having a successful launch weekend, the Apple iPad seems to be getting a small share of problems that people are reporting with the device. There have been three particular problems mentioned which include the device not powering back up after shut down, the iPad over heating and also problems with Wi-Fi mentioned. Although this is a first generation device you’d still expect issues like this to have been captured in the testing stages. Hopefully software can fix all three of the issues.
The power issues arose after someone was unable to restart their iPad after shutting it down. Only after a resync with iTunes could the iPad be used again. Apple have commented saying this is actually a defect and those who have this issue should return them for an exchange.
Next up is wifi problems where some users are reporting spotty reception. It is unknown at the moment if firmware can fix this as wireless issues can happen from time to time depending on interference from other devices.
Next are some problems relating to charging the device by USB. Consumer Reports suggest that you can only charge via a Mac USB port or the 10W power brick that comes supplied. They tested on several Windows machines and none were able to charge it. This potentially could be that there is just not enough power on a PC USB port. Perhaps try from a powered hub or try different ports on a Windows PC. I haven’t tested myself yet.
Finally there are problems with the iPad over heating where a message can be seen saying “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it”. Again, we don’t know the exact details of when this happened although some have been reported to put their iPad in the fridge to cool it down. I personally recommend you don’t go to that extreme just yet.
It’s early days at the moment and it isn’t known how many out of the 300,000 sold on the first day are faulty. Needless to say, if any product sold 300,000 on launch day there are bound to be more problems reported. Lets just hope these are isolated issues that are not a common fault on all devices.