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Hundreds of complaints on iOS 5 WiFi signal problems emerge

Here’s something that Apple won’t enjoy reading but very rarely do the official support boards at Apple tell lies. After informing you about battery life problems and a case of invalid SIM error messages for some users, there now appears to be a problem regarding WiFi signal quality on iOS 5.

Another lengthy debate has been brewing on the Apple boards for well over a month now, and seems to have gone unnoticed amidst the other iOS-related problems that we mentioned above.

If you take a look at this thread though over at the Apple boards, you’ll see that complaints are still flying in today about WiFi-related problems on iOS 5, despite the thread being created on October 13th. After more than 230 replies from disgruntled users, it has become apparent that there may be another serious problem that Apple has to deal with in their next software update. Considering that replies are still coming in today, it does suggest that Apple’s recent iOS 5.0.1 update does not solve the problem either.

Devices affected by the WiFi problem include the iPhone 4, the new 4S, the iPad, iPad 2, the iPhone 3GS and also the iPod Touch as well, as noted by Engadget. It has been detailed that in some cases, iOS devices fail to connect to a WiFi network, often giving an ‘unable to connect’ message despite the fact that the WiFi network is working fine on other devices.

Here’s one example taken from the Apple support thread, posted just yesterday (November 21st):

”I am having wi-fi connection problems on my iPhone 4 & iPad 2 since upgrading to iOS 5. My devices see networks but sometimes take a very long time to connect. And then, once connected, it can take a while to actually be able to send & receive data. It’s very frustrating. I never had these problems prior to the iOS 5 upgrade. Apple, please help.”

After so much hype and promise about iOS 5, it looks like Apple’s biggest software update to date is causing users a lot of headaches. The company has yet to fully sort out battery life issues, and these ‘new found’ WiFi signal problems are likely to go away anytime soon.

If you have experienced similar problems to the ones mentioned above, get in touch with us. What device are you using and what iOS version do you have running? Are the problems frequent or do they just occur sporadically?

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