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  • No iPads in Taiwan Until iOS 4.2: Report


    The iPad is not yet available in Taiwan, and nobody at Apple has given any indication of when it will be, despite having received official approval from the government agency that regulates communications on the island. According to an employee at one Apple retailer, the iPad is being held back until iOS can support the traditional Chinese characters used in Taiwan.

    Chin-hsien Lo, deputy director of the technologies administration department at the Taiwan National Communications Commission, announced that both the WiFi only and WiFi+3G iPads received all the necessary certifications. "The NCC has completed the required inspections and the products can now be sold in Taiwan," Lo told The China Post. The Post contacted people at Apple's Taipei office but they said that they had no idea of the schedule, and the public relations firm that Apple uses in Taiwan would say only that "official response has to come from a person outside Taiwan and will not be available at short notice."

    An anonymous employee at the Apple licensed service provider Youth (優仕) told the Post that she expects iPad sales to begin in November when iOS 4.2 is released. The upgraded firmware will allow Taiwanese users to input text in traditional Chinese. The current version only allows input in the simplified Chinese characters which are used in mainland China and Singapore, but which most Taiwanese cannot read. Simplified characters, which use fewer strokes and have less complex shapes, were introduced by the Communist Chinese government in the 50s and 60s to encourage literacy.

    Taiwanese law allows citizens to buy iPads overseas and bring them back to the country for their own use, but not for reselling. Nevertheless, the long wait for the iPad has led some Taiwanese to get creative: some online vendors have reportedly advertised iPad cases for $20,000 Taiwan dollars ($652 US)... which were actually iPads brought in Japan or Hong Kong.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No iPads in Taiwan Until iOS 4.2: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Ivel's Avatar
      Ivel -
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
    1. pekosfin's Avatar
      pekosfin -
      Taiwan is the major developer/manufacturer of iPads + iPhones and yet these products are usually not available for us to purchase 'til months later.

      Afghanistan? Seriously? You have any idea how many tech devices are developed in Taiwan?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ivel View Post
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
      If you don't care then why did you take the time to read it and post on it?

      We have members from all over the world.
    1. qucina's Avatar
      qucina -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      If you don't care then why did you take the time to read it and post on it?

      We have members from all over the world.
      you are right thank you
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ivel View Post
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
      This goes on my list of fail posts.

      I am surprised Taiwan still doesn't have the iPad. They are so large on electronics.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      This goes on my list of fail posts.

      I am surprised Taiwan still doesn't have the iPad. They are so large on electronics.
      Large on electronics and regulations
    1. qliu34's Avatar
      qliu34 -
      removed
    1. belks's Avatar
      belks -
      I live in Taiwan. I care.

    1. bluesummer's Avatar
      bluesummer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ivel View Post
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
      To care or not to care about this post is certainly not the question. The question is, who the F cares whether you care or not
    1. oliveryochest's Avatar
      oliveryochest -
      I live in TW as well and it seems that we are always close to last on getting Apple devices.
      i don't get it though, because we develop / manufacture these devices an still a almost dead last in getting them.
    1. BlackDrag0n's Avatar
      BlackDrag0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluesummer View Post
      To care or not to care about this post is certainly not the question. The question is, who the F cares whether you care or not
      +1 win
    1. sinister's Avatar
      sinister -
      For every topic of mmi there is normally one epic fail post to make fun of and post 50 replies to
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      'Comment Removed by Author'
    1. ttrtilley's Avatar
      ttrtilley -
      Quote Originally Posted by oliveryochest View Post
      I live in TW as well and it seems that we are always close to last on getting Apple devices.
      i don't get it though, because we develop / manufacture these devices an still a almost dead last in getting them.
      Many things are late getting here. Can never get the largest hard drive here until it is no longer the largest.
    1. karl184's Avatar
      karl184 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ivel View Post
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
      Typical ignorant American bigot.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ivel View Post
      haha bro WHO cares? next thing will be no iphones in afghanistan till 2020
      atleast we didn't get the "FIRST! LOLZ!"