Ah yes, Apple and the iOS problems. On the one hand, the mega update gives a lot of new functions for iPhone, iPad and Co, on the other hand Apple's support forums interspersed with threads in which iUsers report problems that only occur with the update to iOS 8. In addition to poor system performance (which you luckily can do something) errors in terms of WLAN stability are mentioned particularly frequently. If you are affected by this, the following steps might provide a solution for you.
What to do if the iPad WiFi is spinning
Since the update to iOS 8, I've had regular dropouts in the WLAN connection on my iPad Mini Retina, which the recently released update to iOS 8.02 hasn't changed. Especially when streaming video with the apps from Netflix or YouTube usually stopped working after a few minutes, although the connection is shown as stable. It then helps to briefly switch to airplane mode or restart the iPad, but in my opinion this is not a real solution. A reset of the network settings with the following steps finally helped:
1. Reset network settings
Open the settings of your iDevice and switch to the "General/Reset" menu. Tap on "Network Settings" and confirm the reset. Important: This will erase ALL saved WiFi passwords on your iPad or iPhone, so make sure you have the appropriate passwords handy. VPN connections that you have set up under iOS are not affected.
2. Access the iOS 8 privacy settings
Navigate to the “Privacy” area in the iOS settings and tap on “Location Services”. In this menu you determine which apps on your iPhone or iPad are allowed to know your location (by the way, it's generally worth checking the settings).
3. Configure system services
Now comes the crucial step to fix iOS 8 WiFi issues. Scroll all the way down and open the "System Services" section. This is where iOS regulates which connections you can use to be located by apps and other services. Switch off the "WLAN networks" entry here to prevent localization via WLAN.
4. Reboot against WiFi problems
Restart your iPad/iPhone or iPod Touch and reconnect to your WLAN. Ideally, everything should now work again. I've been using the settings for two days now and haven't had any WiFi errors since then. If you are affected, we would appreciate feedback :)
By the way: in ours Overview we provide you with even more tips and tricks for iOS 8.[Street Redmond Pie]
Update: iOS 8.1 with a solution to the WLAN problem?
A few weeks after the (failed) launch of iOS 8, Apple has now released a major update to iOS 8.1 that fixes a number of bugs and introduces some new features. In the extensive Changelog of iOS 8.1 there is also the following entry:
Fixes WiFi performance issues that could occur when connecting to some base stations.
This gives hope that the annoying WiFi problems in iOS 8 are finally a thing of the past. Have you already installed the update? Did it help against the wifi errors? We are looking forward to your opinions!