Be wary of iOS 6 WiFi issues [Updated]

So, this being the first major update that my iPad has received since I got it, and me being a first time Apple owner, I decided to jump on the iOS 6 wagon as soon as I could today. I’ve dealt with enough software updates over the years to know that whether it is a patch for my favorite game, an update to a mobile app, or a new version of desktop software, the odds are pretty good that even though some bugs will get fixed, you will end up with some new ones as well. This is especially true for major updates, like the ones where you jump from a version five to a version six. My normal rule is to be wary of new updates, and if I do install one, make sure I have a Google-ready device nearby to find out how to fix any new bugs. With that said, I hit the install button on iOS on my iPad tonight while I was at work, and was regretting it after it finally finished.

The download for my iPad 2 was almost 600 MB. It took about 20 minutes to download and prepare the update for my iPad, and then another 30 minutes before it was finally finished. After a couple of reboots, I was finally greeted with an iOS 6 welcome screen. I was happy I didn’t run into any problems, until I tried to join my WiFi network. Now bear in mind this was the same network that I was connected to 50 minutes before when I downloaded the update. It would connect for about a second, and then try to open up a webpage on Apple.com, but was erroring out, saying that it couldn’t find the page. Well, no duh – I wasn’t connected to the internet. Then I would get a popup error stating it couldn’t connect to my hotspot. I skipped through the initial setup, and then went straight to the settings. I tried everything I could, but couldn’t get it to connect.

That’s when I took to Google. I immediately found multiple new threads from today on Apple’s website. They were for both iPads and iPhones, and lots of people were complaining that after the iOS 6 update, they couldn’t get their devices on WiFi. None of them had any answers, which wasn’t surprising since the update just dropped today. I left work a little while later, and when I got home, I was eager to find out if I was gonna be able to connect to my own home WiFi, or if I was gonna have to go back to iOS 5. I connected immediately.

I don’t know if it was something different with my WiFi at work, but I know that I wasn’t the only one having issues. Have you had any issues with your WiFi since the update?

Update: Some readers are saying that it was an issue on Apple’s end, and it has been resolved. Others are saying that you can change your proxy settings to automatic, and then it will connect. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if it will connect at work again.

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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.