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  • Israel Lifts Controversial iPad Embargo Today



    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.
    So serious was the concern among officials in Israel that government officials ordered all iPads discovered in the country to be immediately confiscated, with fees imposed for the storage of the confiscated devices. The head of customs at Ben-Gurion International Airport reveals that some 20 iPads were seized at the country's international airport.

    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.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Israel Lifts Controversial iPad Embargo Today started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Already posted a couple hours ago I believe.

      But I recommend eveyone to stay on subject here and not talk about other things concerning Israel, like the thread last week
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      ya please
    1. -=viper=-'s Avatar
      -=viper=- -
      to be honest it doesn't matters to us here in Israel and thats because
      the most expensive version of iPad cost 829$ in the US here it will cost about 1800$
      we rather take the chance and "Import" it ourself
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      can someone tell me why it was banned in the first place?
    1. iJake's Avatar
      iJake -
      Quote Originally Posted by pyromcr View Post
      can someone tell me why it was banned in the first place?
      Israel are very high on their security, and are borderline paranoid about anything that is introduced into the country. The reason why it was temporarily banned was because of the WiFi signal emitted from the iPad supposedly had the potential to bring down other networks.
    1. ndproductions's Avatar
      ndproductions -
      This is what has been happening for ages guys, I remember strict regulations present when the 1st G5 came out without the WiFi utility being available in the country. But it is good that it was lifted this fast as normally it would have taken even more time!
      (as for the cost, well, everything here is expensive, so I'm not at all surprised)
    1. tarekkkkk's Avatar
      tarekkkkk -
      Quote Originally Posted by iJake View Post
      Israel are very high on their security, and are borderline paranoid about anything that is introduced into the country. The reason why it was temporarily banned was because of the WiFi signal emitted from the iPad supposedly had the potential to bring down other networks.
      chickens hmm no wait ultra chickens ... good
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      But I recommend eveyone to stay on subject here and not talk about other things concerning Israel, like the thread last week
      I quoted this so people will remember to listen to this. Posts going "off topic" will be deleted.
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      good news for apple though