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Is the iPad doomed?

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Apple may have sold more than 300,000 of its iPad brand on its launch day in the US, but it seems it's marred with problems already. Some new owners of the tablet have logged onto Apple forums complaining that theiriPad had little or no wi-fi signal.

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch reported "scores of complaints" on Apple forums.

"I'm getting one or two bars on my iPad in rooms where my iPhone, iPod touch, both Macbook Pros, Apple TV and Playstation all get full service," he said to the British paper The Telegraph .

The iPad can only connect to the internet via wifi. Computer experts have warned that without access to the internet "the iPad is DOA (dead on arrival)."

Cause of the iPad problem?

It's being suggested that the problem could be a weak wi-fi antenna, which is located behind the logo on the back of the iPad.

Arrington said on his blog: "My understanding of wi-fi issues on devices, particularly cramped devices like the MacBook Air and iPad, is that it's usually a hardware/design issue and something that can't be fixed via a software patch."

Writing on the Apple support forum one user said: "Signal is weak, downloading anything is painfully slow and it will drop the signal and go offline every 5-10 minutes. [It's] pretty annoying."

On the day of the launch Steve Jobs, Apple chief executive, said: "It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world. It's going to be a game-changer; iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad."

Shares flying

Despite the reports, the news of more than 300,000 of the tablet being sold sent Apple Inc shares up 1.1 percent to a record closing high of US$238.49 on Monday.

The iPad is not yet available in other countries, but will be on sale in parts of Europe, Canada and Australia by the end of April.

In the US, it is retailing at US$499 to US$829 (GBP£328 to GBP£545). European prices have not yet been announced, the BBC state.

Apple said that iPad users had downloaded more than one million applications from its app store and more than 250,000 electronic books.

Queues for the new iPad's launch day were considerably smaller than the crowds which gathered for the iPhone's debut in July 2007, according to reports.

On the iPhone's launch weekend in the US, it was reported that up to 525,000 phones had been sold.

Jodie Humphries

Jodie Humphries graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons in Creative Writing in 2008. She has worked for GDS Publishing for the digital group since July 2009. She has previous experience with writing for the web, running her own website since April 2007.

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