Israel bans imports of the Apple iPad, as NSA Lieutenant General claims it is 'wonderful'

News by Dan Raywood

The Apple iPad has been banned in Israel amid concerns that its WiFi signals could disrupt other devices.

The Apple iPad has been banned in Israel amid concerns that its WiFi signals could disrupt other devices.

According to the Guardian, customs officials have said that they have confiscated several iPads since Israel announced the new regulations this week, while the ban prevents any iPads being brought into Israel until officials certify that they comply with local transmitter standards.

Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry, said: “If you operate equipment in a frequency band which is different from the others that operate on that frequency band, then there will be interference. We don't care where people buy their equipment … But without regulation, you would have chaos.”

However one software developer, named Amnon, claimed that the decision may hinder business, as he claimed that there are several hundred people in Israel who make their livelihood developing apps. “There are going to be companies that suffer, because they can't deliver the services they're supposed to be delivering,” he said.

Despite this, the iPad has been given the thumbs-up from the US National Security Agency. Forbes reported that Lieutenant General Keith Alexander, who will lead the US Cyber Command, said that he owns an iPad and claimed that it is ‘wonderful'.

He told a committee of Senators: “I am a technologist. I love computers. I have a new iPad.”


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