Sometimes when people find themselves in a pinch, a quick fix is necessary – whether there's a problem with your iPad's network connectivity or your iPad or iPhone has a fast-dying battery. We've got a few quick-fix solutions that you can try.
In a recent CBS MoneyWatch article, contributor Dave Johnson explained how one of the most common complaints about the newest iPad model is that it takes a fair amount of time to charge in an AC outlet and is unable to charge at all when connected to a PC by a USB cord.
“That's one of life's annoyances you can now write off, because I've found a free application that – seemingly magically – speeds up iOS device charging via USB in general and also lets you charge your new, previously unchargeable iPad that way,” Johnson wrote. “I've written on many occasions that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is – and indeed, that rule of thumb will generally protect you from malware. But in this case, it's okay to suspend disbelief because this app genuinely works.”
Johnson described the ASUS Ai Charger, a small utility that can be installed into your PC's notification area. The utility recognizes when an iPhone or iPad is plugged into a computer and charges the device better. Johnson reported that his iPhone charged twice as quickly when testing the charger and his iPad was able to accept a charge while connected to the PC as well.
Quick fix for iPad network connection issues
In a recent MacWorld article, senior editor Christopher Breen addressed an inquiry from a reader who revealed that his iPad suddenly stopped recognizing his AirPort network. The reader explained that he tried to resolve the issue by switching it off and on. He noted that his iPhone continued to recognize the network, so the problem likely lay in the iPad device itself.
There are a number of solutions that can be tried that work with any router. One solution that Breen said is the most likely to be successful is to shut off the iPad, and pull the power plug on the AirPort base station to power it down. After waiting a minute or so, plug the base station back in, and, once AirPort's green light turns on, switch the iPad back on. If this doesn't resolve the problem, Breen suggested tinkering with a few of the device's settings, specifically toggling the Wi-Fi switch off and then back on.
If the network connectivity issues persist, this could signal a problem with an internal component of the tablet. In this case, turn to iResQ's iPad repair services to get things sorted out for you.