Some iOS 6 users are experiencing Wi-Fi connectivity issues after updating their iPhone 4S, or new iPad to the latest version of Apple’s operating system. It’s not that the Wi-Fi performance is poor, they can’t enable it at all!
Many are reporting that after upgrading their iOS devices — namely the iPhone 4S and the new iPad — to iOS 6, Wi-Fi is disabled, and the open to enable it is “greyed out” within the Settings app. This leaves them stuck with a cellular data connection only. Others are able to turn Wi-Fi on, but when they do, it won’t connect to their network.
A 91-page thread on Apple’s Support Communities is full of users having the problem, which is also affecting Bluetooth connectivity for some users too.
It is not clear at this time whether the two issues are related, or how widespread they are.
Ay least two forum members claim that Apple is aware of the issue. No firm solution has been found, nor has a fix been issued. A number of workarounds have been suggested.
You could try hard resetting your device, then attempting to activate Wi-Fi again when it starts up. Or you can try restoring your device and running a fresh install of iOS 6. Alternatively, some users are reporting that changing the HTTP Proxy to ‘Auto’ in Network Settings seems to work for those who can activate Wi-Fi, but cannot connect to a network.
Some users have suggested downgrading to iOS 5.1 fixes the problem, but Apple does not officially advise that. Others claim to have gotten new hardware from Apple after showing a Genius the issue.
Have any of you had this problem with you iPhone 4S or new iPad? If so, have you found a solution or workaround? If so, please share your experiences in the comments section below.