For nearly two weeks, the tech world has kept a curious eye toward Israel in response to the country's ban on Apple's iPad. Israel opted to place a veritable embargo on the device until it had been thoroughly tested and inspected by the government. Upon the tablet's April 3rd launch in the US, Apple's Israel distributor did not soon-after provide Israel with enough details on the inner mechanics of the device to warrant the immediate introduction of the iPad to Israeli consumers.
As the Israeli regulations in the area of Wi-Fi are similar to European standards, which are different from American standards, which permit broadcasting at lower power, therefore the broadcast levels of the device prevent approving its use in Israel.
The somewhat controversial restriction, however, has now been reversed. Following a comprehensive technical review by governmental officials, Israel has concluded that the iPad's wireless signal will not disrupt other communications devices. Israel's communications ministry simply concluded that the iPad meets "local standards." As a result, this weekend iPads are now permissible in the Israeli marketplace.
But just because the iPad is now "legal to possess" in Israel doesn't mean it will be readily available there or elsewhere in the region. Due to international shipping delays and intense demand consistently outpacing supply, Apple says the official international launch of the iPad won't commence until late May.