JERUSALEM—Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference with other products, a move that has puzzled people both in Israel and Silicon Valley.
The Ministry of Communications said the ban was instituted earlier this week because the iPad's Wi-Fi wireless technology was built to the U.S. standard, which allows stronger signals than those allowed in Europe and Israel.
"This device's wireless strengths violate Israeli law and will overpower other wireless devices in Israel," ministry spokesman Yechiel Shavi said.
Monday, April 19, 2010
This is Mr. Dungannistan himself, (above). The photo is from last year, but not all that long ago.
And now, other news: last weekend I got to play with a new iPad. It was rather impressive. Too impressive, in fact, for some, including Israel, as in the well-known non-Arab Middle Eastern state:
[Pause] You may now make silly remarks about iPads not being kosher...
Photograph taken at the 5pointz graffiti space in Long Island City, by Robert Garrison.