By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 30, 2012 12:29 PM EDT
While this is not the first time that a new Apple operating system or device has faced Wi-Fi issues, this time the problem has gained greater proportions.
The release of the much-expected iPhone 5 has brought an iOS 6 device to millions of consumers, and if it's not the iPhone 5, it's an upgrade to the new OS.
According to reports, 60 percent of iPhone users and 40 percent of iPad owners have already upgraded to iOS 6, and the numbers keep growing. A significant amount of iOS 6 users have flooded the forums in the Apple Support Communities, discussing their Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Currently, there are at least two major Wi-Fi threads, together accounting for more than 150 pages. You can find the first thread here, and the second at this link.
As it turns out, iOS 6 devices work on some Wi-Fi networks, while failing to connect on others. Apparently the new OS does not bode well with some routers, which led to yet another thread dedicated to iOS 6 and Netgear routers. A solution for this issue with a Netgear Wi-Fi router seems to be downgrading the firmware.
Meanwhile, some of those who do manage to connect via Wi-Fi are complaining about persistently slow Wi-Fi speeds.
Apple's technical support is reportedly aware of the Wi-Fi issues, but the company has not made any official statement so far. CNET contacted a source at Apple and learned that tech support's job was to "document everything" so the company can eventually come up with a fix.
Apple fans eagerly waited for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 to come out, and now that they're here it seems the Cupertino giant has some serious damage control to do. In addition to the Wi-Fi connectivity issues, iOS 6 has also been under fire recently for its faulty mapping application.
Apple decided to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own mapping app in iOS 6, but reports soon started to surface, pointing out one flaw after another. The Apple maps application has some serious mishaps, including the duplication of some islands, the omission of some cities (Shakespeare's home town, for instance), farms listed as airports, relocated cities, and other. In light of these issues, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology, and urged consumers to use rival mapping services until Apple fixes things with its app.
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