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Consumers report iPad problems amid strong sales

Apple has recommended its customers to use the USB wall charge adapter to charge their tablet computer.

The Apple’s iPad is up for sale and as anticipated, the tablet computer has registered strong sales in the opening weekend. With early estimates between 600,000 and 700,000, it seems that Apple fans were eagerly waiting to lay their hands on the iPad slate.

So much was the excitement among the fans that Apple has surpassed the sale figures of its iPhone in the debut weekend. The company had sold just half a million iPad during the first weekend of its launch in 2007.

Though the early sale figures have pleased retailers, not all consumers seemed impressed.

After taking possession of the tablet computer many have reported problems, leaving them to wonder whether they have made the right choice purchasing the device.

Battery problem
Many customers have complained that they are finding it difficult to charge their iPad through computer’s USB connection.’

Apart from the battery problem, there are users who are also complaining about the WiFi issues.

For instance an iPad user named dshen took to his Twitter feed saying, “kind of annoying to see "not charging" when plugged into my mac. does it not charge via USB?"

The reason offered for this problem is that USB port in the older computers is not powerful enough to charge the iPad.

Apple has recommended its customers to use the USB wall charge adapter to charge their tablet computer.

Wi-Fi issues
Apart from the battery problem, there are users who are also complaining about the WiFi issues.

In fact, there are many customers who have to forum, and blogs to list their complaints.

A user named mbell75 commented on the Apple discussion forum that the “Signal is weak, downloading anything is painfully slow and it will drop the signal and go offline every 5-10 minutes. Pretty annoying.”

Another iPad owner vent his annoyance on the same forum saying, “I have rebooted the ipad 3 times, doesnt help. My Macbook is running on the same wifi network just fine. Not spending $500 on something I cant even use. Its going back tomorrow.”

iPad jailbroken?
Amid all this complaints, it is being reported that Apple’s iPad has been jailbroken within 24 hours of its launch.

MuscleNerd, a well know hacker in the field of jailbreaking, claims to have jailbroken Apple’s latest device too.

He stated on Twitter, “Logging into the iPad...jailbreak style! :) http://is.gd/bedl5 courtesy "Spirit" jailbreak by @comex.”

“yeah it can also be applied on every platform including iPhone3GS and ipt3g. Maybe iPad 3G, depending..,” added MuscleNerd

With the iPad being jailbroken, users will be able to install third party applications and a lot more.