Israel lifts iPad ban after intensive tests

26 Apr 2010

Israel has lifted its ban on Apple’s new iPad tablet computer after an embargo had been imposed because of concerns the device’s wireless signal could disrupt other devices.

Israel, which has built a substantial wireless communications industry on the back of its substantial investments in military hardware, subjected the Apple iPad to ‘intensive’ technical security in a controlled lab. It also sought deep technical information from Apple on the device.

The country implemented the ban right after the 3 April launch in the US and at least 10 of the devices were seized at Israel’s international airport.

The owners of the devices have been told they can now go ahead and retrieve them.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Apple’s iPad tablet computer

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years