does the iPhone have a better Wifi Antenna than iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Tiger8, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020

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    Ok so this is really strange, and I don't know if it's the result of upgrading my 3rd gen iPad to iOS 6 (and keeping my iPhone 4S on iOS5). I am staying in a hotel, and I have been noticing consistently that the iPad is unable to pick a signal, while iPhone picks it in 2 seconds. Once it picks it it is fine, but once I set it to stand by, it loses signal.

    I understand -thanks to Amazon- that laptops have better wifi antennas, but does the iPad wifi antenna suck so much that even a tiny iPhone has a better chance of picking a signal? or is it an iOS 6 side-effect?
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Yes it is true I believe. My iPad can't connect at the moment but I'm tapping this away on my 4s. Bummer. With all that space you'd figure otherwise!
     
  3. macrumors 603

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    No. You'd figure exactly as the OP observes.

    iPad is full metal shielded rear, can only transmit WIFI through the front glass.

    The 4/4S/5 has RF transparent glass panels front and back. RF signals can propagate in/out from wider angles..
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I noticed this too with my iPad 3 16GB Wifi and iPhone 5. With a 100 Mb/s connection, my iPhone gets around 60-80. My iPad will get 40mbps. Its reception is horrible and I am wondering if I should take it in this March since my warranty will be up soon. Does anyone have a defective Wifi iPad?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    The wifi antenna is located behind the speaker. You can test this by putting your hand/palm over the speaker grate and see the number of wifi bars drop.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Yep, its known as the "death grip". But the real question is, is why does the iPad get 1/2 the network connection speed as the iPhone 5. Surely, there has to be a different Wifi chip between the two. Multiple SpeedTest on the same server confirm the iPad is slower than the iPhone.
     

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