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Apple addressing iPad Wi-Fi issues in software update

Apple has updated the support document that details iPad Wi_fi connection issues, adding that a software fix is indeed in the works. Two of the main Wi-Fi issues include a weak signal and forgotten passwords.

While waiting for Apple, if you happen to be part of the "very small number" of iPad users suffering from these iPad Wi-Fi issues, you can try some of the following workarounds:

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Could Apple's MobileMe be going free?

There's a rumor making the rounds that Apple's MobileMe service could be going free "sooner than later... depends on certain facilities going operational." (Perhaps a reference to the massive server facility Apple's building in North Carolina.)

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Steve Jobs back in full swing at Apple -- one year later

Not only is Steve Jobs back at Apple, but he's back to being the Steve Jobs at Apple -- as if there was any doubt following the 1 million-selling iPad debuting, Flash-smashing letter writing, sent from my iPad/iPhone customer service satisfying, tear he's been on lately.

Still, Businessweek assures us:

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Will WiGig make future iPhone, iPad Wi-Fi faster?

From the fine folks at the Wi-Fi Alliance, in collaboration with the Wireless Gigabit Alliance, comes WiGig, the the awkwardly names but drool worthy new standard that aims to take our cable-free data transfer into the next generation:

At a speed of 7 gigabits per second, WiGig can easily handle the transfer of high-def video. That positions it as a replacement for wired HDMI connections or optical audio cables. [...] The WiGig standard, which runs on the 60 GHz spectrum, could be made compatible with existing devices that support Wi-Fi, but those gadgets wouldn't see the speed benefits of WiGig.

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Rogers: only 2 iPad data plans. No $20 "sharing" plan. No Fido.

TiPb contacted Rogers to get some clarification about that $20 "add to existing data plan" option that was listed on Apple.com today as part of the Canadian iPhone pre-order launch, and Rogers was kind enough to respond:

We've confirmed that we have two iPad data plans available for our customers. Both the 250 MB for $15 and 5 GB for $35 include free unlimited access to all Rogers WiFi Hot Spots.

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Steve Jobs: printing will come to the iPad

Once again Steve Jobs is setting new standards when it comes to CEO-level customer service, this time addressing printing on the iPad.

The question:

Why no printing on the iPad? What gives:

Steve Jobs' reply:

It will come.

Sent from my iPhone

So there you have it, a very specific answer with no time commitment about when the iPad will get printing, functionality essential to many productivity-based use cases.

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Orange, O2, Vodafone UK iPad 3G data plans

Orange was first out the gate with iPad 3G data plans in the UK, and now O2 and Vodafone are finally showing their hands as well. The plans certainly look more flexible than AT&T's US plans, though the lack of real unlimited data is apparent. No ability to add the iPad to an existing account like Rogers in Canada either.

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Updated: Rogers Canada iPad 3G data plans detailed

Apple's online store in Canada is now open for iPad pre-orders and along with them are Rogers data plans for both new and existing users.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 9 May 2010

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International iPad pre-orders start now!

As the clock hits 12:00am local time, Apple is bringing international Apple Online Stores in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK back up with their iPad pre-orders ready to rock.

If yours hasn't updated yet and you just can't wait, keep hitting refresh on the hour every hour and its bound to show up eventually.

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