iPad cleared to enter Israel

Sunday, April 25, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israel's Ministry of Communications on Friday finally approved the entry of Apple's new iPad tablet computer into the country.

Following its release earlier this month, Israeli customs officials confiscated dozens of iPads being brought into the country by individuals returning or visiting from the US.

Israeli officials argued that the iPad's wireless broadcast frequency did not comply with local or European standards, posing a risk to the connectivity of other network users in public areas. For this very reason, Apple delayed the release of the iPad in Europe and other international markets.

But after conducting a series of tests with the cooperation of Apple and European bodies, Israel determined that the iPad can be made to comply with local standards and thereby avoid disrupting wireless service.

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