Apple Acknowledges Verizon iPad Issues, Fix Reportedly Coming


Apple (s aapl) is aware of the Verizon iPad 2’s roaming issues, which saw the device displaying a permanent “Roaming…” network status. The company is “investigating” the issue, according to an official statement received by Mobilized. BGR reports that it may be doing more than just investigating, since a leaked version of iOS 4.3.2 claims to offer a fix for the problem.

User reports of the Verizon (s vz) iPad problem were accumulating quickly in the official Apple tech support forums when we reported on the issue last Thursday. Apple made its official statement regarding the problem on Friday afternoon, though it didn’t claim any responsibility for the problems in the statement, nor did it promise a fix. Verizon did not issue a statement, but as Charles suggested in our article last week, the problem appears to reside with Apple, since the company is providing exchanges for affected units in at least some cases.

Monday, BGR reported that one of its Apple sources let it know that iOS 4.3.2, which should arrive within the next week or two, will fix the Verizon iPad 2 issues. The update is also said to include a fix for FaceTime problems (which could include the app’s tendency to freeze and redisplay pictures temporarily), as well as security patches. BGR has a fairly good track record when it comes to this kind of information, and it makes sense that Apple would move quickly to address an issue that’s been getting a fair amount of attention in the press.

We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date regarding the status of this problem, and provide any updates regarding how to fix it. If you’re an affected Verizon iPad 2 owner, please share your experience in the comments.

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