“We are aware that a small number of iPad 2 customers have experienced connectivity issues with the Verizon 3G network and we are investigating it,” the company said in a statement to Mobilized. A Verizon representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Today, Boy Genius Report has a post up reporting that Apple will release another iOS firmware update within the next week. According to their sources iOS 4.3.2 will fix the Verizon iPad issues, and will also ‘contain a fix for FaceTime’ (???) and some other security-related fixes. BGR say they’ve got 4.3.2 running on an iPhone and will report on any additional changes they see in the new firmware.
I use an AT&T 3G iPad 2. Have any of you using Verizon iPads seen connection problems with them?
Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier’s exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.
Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.
I still imagine this Verizon model is much more likely to come along with the iPad 2 launch sometime between now and April. releasing the Verizon iPhone 4 roughly halfway through the iPhone refresh cycle is one thing, but I can’t see the iPad model coming along at more like the 3/4 mark of the tablet’s refresh cycle.
Today Verizon and Apple finally confirmed the near-mythical Verizon iPhone. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be released next month and is featured on the home page of apple.com today.
So what, if anything, does this mean for the iPad? Hopefully it means we’ll see 3G models of the iPad 2 for the Verizon network – and more choice in terms of cellular network and data plan pricing for those who want an always-connected iPad.
Apple is looking to hire a ‘Verizon iPad System Engineer’. This seems like pretty good confirmation that next year’s iPad 2 will support Verizon’s wireless network without the need for a separate personal WiFi router. 9to5Mac’s take:
Apple is building a version of the iPad 2 that will work on Verizon’s wireless network either in conjunction with GSM networks with a Gobi-like Chip (just like the Google ChomeOS CR-48) or as a seperate product/version.
Having the choice of Verizon or AT&T for iPad 3G/4G data will be yet another selling point for the device next year.
I think this ad does a nice job of touting Verizon’s network – its ‘nationwide power and reliability’ – but doesn’t say much about the iPad at all. I’m not sure that’s a great idea, given how popular the device has proved to be – but maybe they feel like Apple’s ads for it are already doing that job quite well.
I guess it feels like a better ad for a Verizon iPhone than iPad – as with the iPhone you have a whole lot of customers who are frustrated with the AT&T network – but that’s not the case with the iPad.
According to a highly placed source of ours, Verizon Wireless is currently testing Apple iPad devices on their network. We have been told that the model they are testing is a CDMA-compatible device, and while our source mentioned LTE in some capacity (possibly another model), we haven’t been able to independently confirm that part of it.
Their thought is that we may see an iPhone and an iPad on Verizon soon. Yowza.