Some iPad 2 units released on Verizon’s network are having connection issues with its 3G network. The problem has come to Apple’s notice through its discussion forum that had some customers complaining that they were unable to connect to Verizon’s network a number of times. Apple is investigating the issue but has not forwarded a time frame for the fix.
According to GigaOM, the problem could be related to the Preferred Roaming List, a feature that appears on all CDMA devices and uses a database to determine how a gadget connects to a network. Some of the iPad 2 units sold by Verizon do not recognize the carrier’s tower, so they need roaming to work. The problem apparently goes away after a hard reset and enabling the Data Roaming mode.
It is possible iOS 4.3.2 will bring a fix to this problem. In a statement to All Things Digital Apple said it is aware of the problem that has been reported by “a small number of iPad 2 owners” and a software patch will be available soon. Until then the affected customers may have to stick to Wi-Fi.
Apple isn’t usually in the news over bugs. Hopefully, this bug will get a quick fix too.