Inaccurate Time

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    Why is the time so far off (usually about five minutes) when I set Time to automatic?
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    5 minutes off from what? What's your control time?
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    The actual time

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    The iPad displays actual time. Your reference is wrong.
    :) :)

    Purple is asking you what source you use for 'actual time'. Why is it more accurate than the iPad time display?
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    My time is always accurate I get the time off the cell network.
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    Has anyone found a site to sync the iPad to the world clock? I haven't found one that works with Pad yet
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    iPad time is correct for me and I have it set to auto.

    Your referance time may be off. I'm checking my iPad with an atomic watch that is syncronized via WWVB Atomic Clock time signal transmitted from Colorado. So I know my referance watch is exact.
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    Thank you all for your replies. I seem to have a problem. My reference time is the US Atomic clock (as well as my cell phone and cable TV signal - all of which are in sync). My iPad consistently gives a time reading about five minutes ahead of the all the others. I wonder what I can do about it?
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    Change all the other ones.:D

    John
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    Does it really matter?? You don't have a watch or cell phone? Or do you just need them all to change at exactly the same time or you can't leave your home?
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    tfisher, I've looked around other forums and have found quite a few examples of the same complaint, but no solution. Closest thing to an explanation is speculation that some iPads go out of sync with the network time signal when off or asleep.
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    Anything new on this incorrect time issue?

    I have watches that get a signal each night, cable tv, desktop computers, even a Sony Dash that are all the same time.

    The iPad is 3 minutes faster than all of them.

    I even shut down the iPad and re-started it, then connected it to itunes thinking that might fix the time error but no it doesn't.

    I don't remember the time being wrong before today either.

    Time is set to set automatically.

    Not a big thing but wondering.
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    My iPad 'auto' time is off by about 3 minutes also - 16GB Wi-Fi. I use to go to setting and adjust the time but now I just leave it as is and figure- it's close enough - at least for me.
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    Mine is 5 mins faster than my Verizon cell phone....why in settings in time zones the only option is Columbia ?
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    I did't think smart as* answers were welcome here. You help nobody and look like an arrogant j**k.
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    I feel ya, you'll see a lot of that....guess some just know every single thing about this unit out of the box and they we should as well
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    It's 1:08 my time and I'm on hold with Apple Support speaking with Raymond, a supervisor.


    Raymond has no knowledge or history of any problem like this and has had me try a few things of which I previously had done but did again for him.


    Shut off automatic and go to set time manually. Shut iPad off.


    Here's a new one: Log on to a different wifi. He wanted me to go to McDonald's or somewhere with wifi and check the time on a different network.


    Luckily I grabbed a neighbors available wifi (never did that before) and there was no change.

    He offered to set up an appointment at the closest Apple store to have someone there take a look but it's a 50 minute round trip and I don't know that the 3 minute error is worth the trip. Perhaps on a day when I would be in the area anyway might work.



    Total time on the phone was 58 minutes. I'm still 3 minutes fast on the iPad.
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    Incorrect time

    Clock on iPad is 20 minutes fast. Seems to be a typical.
    Apple. .?.?.?
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    A few of us, including myself, have suffered this issue.

    It turned out to be an issue with syncing. Every time I synced with my pc the iPad picked up the pc clock time, which was about 5 mins fast.

    All is now nice :)

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