Apple's iPad, which students hope will allow them to eventually ditch heavy college books in favor of electronic texts, is running into difficulties on campus.
At George Washington University, Princeton University and Cornell University, iPad users have reported connectivity and network stability issues. George Washington's wireless network doesn't support the iPad, and Princeton says it has blocked around 20% of the devices from its network after network problems affected the entire school's computer system.
"Network monitoring has shown that many iPad devices are causing a problem on the campus network ... Until a fix is provided by Apple, OIT recommends not connecting your iPad device to the campus network as it is likely it will malfunction," says a statement on Princeton's website.
Another issue - there are almost no textbooks available as e-books as of yet, so ditching those heavy books is not yet a possibility.
So for the college student, paying $499 for an iPad when you'll probably still need a desktop or laptop computer is questionable. Still, Apple says it sold 300,000 iPads on its first day of sales, including preorders. It seems many are betting the iPad will eventually live up to its hype as a "magical and revolutionary product."
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