Apple is reported to be recalling a few shipments of the Verizon iPad 2, some of which have already been ordered by customers online. A few months ago, Apple said it was investigating issues wherein iPad 2 units were dropping their 3G signal on Verizon’s network. Perhaps some of the batches sent out were flawed or affected, hence the recall.
FedEx packages are reportedly being marked “return to sender” at Apple’s request, although in some cases the positions of Apple support staff may be inconsistent with FedEx’s, either acknowledging a recall, claiming no information on the matter or stating that the problem is with FedEx. Supporting the idea of a recall is a witness at the Lakeside Shopping Center Apple Store in Louisiana, who claims that two people recently left the store with a cart full of boxes, which had “Verizon 64GB” and “Verizon 32GB” marked on the outside.
It’s doubtful that the boxes being hauled off were actual purchases, so this very well may be a recall. It’s hard to say what will happen to current Verizon iPad 2 owners whose units might be suffering 3G network issues.
For those who ordered the Apple tablet, the wait might have to be stretched a bit longer than it already was. The estimated wait time is still listed as one to two weeks, but apparently some customers have been waiting much longer. And with this alleged recall, it seems that it’s going to be another test of patience for those wanting the iOS device. It has been reported that the affected units are being replaced, however, and that some customers may receive refunds for the inconvenience.
AT&T models don’t seem to be affected, and Wi-Fi devices aren’t having any issues, either.
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