iPad2 3G antenna causing problems with mic clarity

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Apple apparently moved the iPad 2's microphone to the top center of the device, and that's causing problems in performance across the Wi-Fi and 3G models, says iLounge!|Before you buying iPad 3G, you really need read this!|Breaking:5;Popularity:4;Readability:4;Anticipated:4;Credibility:5

Apple apparently moved the iPad 2's microphone to the top center of the device, and that's causing problems in performance across the Wi-Fi and 3G models, says iLounge. The 3G model's mic is set in a different material than the Wi-Fi version (because of the extra antenna), and that means that the Wi-Fi version sounds "markedly cleaner" than the other versions, with the CDMA model sounding the most "slightly muffled and echo-prone." The problem is reportedly exacerbated when the mic is facing away from its target, like when you're using the iPad for FaceTime.

I doubt this is a dealbreaker for most users, but it is probably something we'll see fixed in the next version of the iPad -- it's interesting that this either never came up during Apple's testing, or it did and they simply decided that it was good enough to let slip by.

Meanwhile, if you need a nice clear microphone for your 3G iPad to use, there are other third-party solutions to check out as well.

 

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