Israel lifts iPad ban

Concerns about wi-fi signal proven to be unfounded
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Israel has lifted its ban on the Apple iPad two weeks after customs began confiscating the device due to concerns about the strength of its wi-fi signal.

Officials started allowing citizens and visitors to bring the device into the country yesterday, Reuters reports.

"Following the completion of intensive technical scrutiny, Israel Minister of Communications Moshe Kakhlon approved the import of iPad to Israel," the Communications Ministry said in a statement.

Israel had banned Apple’s device from being imported because it claimed the iPad did not meet European wireless frequency standards, which it follows. This sparked concerns that it could interfere with the existing internet infrastructure.

According to Reuters, the Communications Ministry said its technical team had consulted with Apple, an international laboratory and European counterparts and established that the device could be operated in Israel because it automatically adjusts its wi-fi signal according to its location.

The ministry has reportedly ordered that 20 iPads held by customs be released.

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