No one is sure exactly why the government of Israel is banning the Apple iPad from being brought into the country, but fact is that the ban is in place. Though the government states that the device may cause interference with other devices, the iPad uses some of the same technology found in other Apple products. It seems that the iPad is built to U.S. standards which is more powerful than those found in European devices. If you are scratching your head about this decision, so are many others.
Travelers have been bringing devices into Israel for years that are built to U.S. standards without a problem. But according to one article it states that:
“This device’s wireless strengths violate Israeli law and will overpower other wireless devices in Israel,” ministry spokesman Yechiel Shavi said.
Richard Doherty, an analyst with technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group, said Apple is using a standard Wi-Fi chip based on a widely-used industry standard in the iPad, and the Israeli government’s decision “does not make sense.” “If they’re paranoid about the iPad then they should be paranoid about BlackBerrys and the iPhone,” he said, adding that the decision “seems to have no technical reason.”
According to tests that Envisioneering has run on iPads, Mr. Doherty said the iPad has a smaller antenna and the Wi-Fi transmission is weaker, if anything, compared with other devices of similar size and power. That’s because the computer is encased in solid aluminum, and the radio waves transmit only through the small Apple logo in the back of the case.
Some technology experts have speculated the ban could have to do with fears that the more powerful wireless frequency used by American devices could interfere with Israeli military communications technology.
Whatever the situation it does seem strange that Israel would purposely single out this devices, while other devices with the same technology are allowed into the country. It makes one think that Israel is not the technology powerhouse that it wants the world to believe it is. Long live Silicon Valley! LOL