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iOS 4.2 delayed: iPad Wi-Fi bug found in Gold Master?

updated 05:10 am EST, Fri November 12, 2010

Release before Thanksgiving still expected

According to a "reliable" Macstories source, iOS 4.2 has been delayed due to a Wi-Fi bug that has only just recently been discovered. A number of iPad users testing the Gold Master build have reported connection drop out issues as shown in the video included below. Several discussion threads on the MacRumors forum, Twitter, and the official Apple discussion boards have both developers and other users discussing the problem.

Essentially, even when users are able to establish a connection to a local network, the connection will drop out after a few minutes of use. Others are not even able to use the Safari browser in addition to the Wi-Fi issue. Apple is said to be aware of the problems is working hard to resolve them.

According to the rumors, Apple may post a new Gold Master build within the next day that addresses the glitches. For iPad users in particular, the long anticipated wait for the software update will not end until next Tuesday at the earliest. However, iOS 4.2 is still expected to made available before the end of the month.

The news follows the omission of AirPrint from the Mac OS X 10.6.5 and rumors that the feature may have been also dropped from iOS 4.2 as well. [via macstories]

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  1. nostrademas

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    Not connected in the first place

    Yes, there's clearly some kind of problem here, but the video clearly shows the iPad has been assigned an IP address only, and there is no router or DNS information in Settings which would normally be provided by the DHCP server (or added manually).

    So obviously Safari was never going to be able to connect to anything. This is not a Wifi connection drop-out, because it *is* connected to the router, as shown by Settings and the WiFi icon, but it is *not* connected to the internet, and never was.

  1. facebook_Paul

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    I can confirm this bug...

    I can confirm this bug. My iPad was working fine on 4.2 GM at both home and work on Wi-Fi but when I tried to connect it to my MiFi yesterday, I had the exact same symptoms of this video. Can't believe this made it past QA into a GM release. I'm sure they will squash this bug in short order.

  1. cmdahler

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    Not a new problem

    This problem has plagued Macs literally for years. I hope they do FINALLY solve this issue: it's simply the old "User Assigned IP" problem that crops up, wherein the only solution is to reboot the router, not the computer or iPad (or iPod Touch - this problem is endemic to Apple's OS X networking, which the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad use. The problem stems from trying to hook on to a router in multi-band mode (using A/B/G/N). If the router is set to transmit ONLY in one band (say, N), the problem does not occur. I can reproduce this issue at home with any of my Mac computer platforms with my own Airport Extreme router - set it to multi-mode, and the computers will rarely and randomly return a "User Assigned IP" - DHCP fails. There is no solution but to reboot the router - rebooting the computer or killing Airport and restarting it has no effect; once the User Assigned IP issue crops up, it will continue that way for hours, or until a router reboot. The problem NEVER happens when the router is set to N only. I've encountered this issue for at least the last 5 years with my various Apple wireless devices. This is hardly a new issue, but I'm glad Apple is finally acknowledging it and addressing it.

  1. facebook_Jemal

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    Yep i had the same problem, i thought i was just the wifi connection..

  1. facebook_Zholy

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    can't wait

    Can't wait.........I've been waiting soooo long for this!
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