Apple promises fix for iPad WiFi problems

Apple is to issue a software patch for the iPad to fix ongoing problems with the device’s Wi-Fi connectivity.

Reports had emerged of hundreds of iPad users in the US complaining of weak or dropped connections, and the tablet computer’s refusal to join authorised networks.

Apple claimed the problems affected "a very small number of iPad users", but has promised a "future iPad software update" to deal with the problem. No date has been given for the release of the patch.

For now, an Apple support page suggests that iPad users who experience Wi-Fi problems should try updating the firmware on their router, switching to WPA or WPA2 encryption, renewing their IP address, or – bizarrely – adjusting the brightness of the iPad’s touchscreen.