Originally Posted by SolipsismX
I haven't seen Apple's products have more WiFi issues than other vendors. Anecdotally I'd say they have much less issues. I'd wager that people simply don't understand where the issues reside. How often do you here about a person complaining about WiFI issues that doesn't see fit to note what attempts at resolving the issues or any details about the wireless router, it's 802.11 specification being used, the channel in use, other base stations with overlapping channels in the area, how far away from the base it resides, how many devices are connected to it, etc.? I just don't think people understand wireless tech well enough and expect it to work as seamlessly as plugging in an ethernet cable.
But doesn't that go against the whole Apple "it just works for the layman" idea?
My two first generation iPads had massive issues connecting to wireless networks barely ten feet away from them, yet the HP laptop and iPhone that I owned worked like a charm, and so did the third iPad I received from Apple as a replacement.
My second generation iPad worked brilliantly from anywhere in our apartment using a Time Capsule as did my iPhone 4S and MBA. However, as soon as I updated to the third generation iPad the wifi signal would be flutter and drop so frequently that I was forced to relocate the Time Capsule into the same bedroom where most devices would use it. All other devices (both Apple and non-Apple) worked fine.
My second MBA regularly had issues waking from sleep and reconnecting to the internet via the wifi network.
My iPhone 5 twice did the little "I refuse to connect to your wifi network" thing at home and decided to use 3G only.
I have a background in I.T., so troubleshooting these kind of problems isn't exactly foreign to me.
I'm not trashing Apple here, and I don't doubt that other vendors are probably worse, but I do have the ability to recognise a pattern when I see one and my impression, wrong though it may be, is that wifi appears to be an area that Apple could improve upon.