iPad’s hard time

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Israel last week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.’s new iPad into the Holy Land saying the device’s wireless technology threatens to create interference with other products.

The Ministry of  Communications said the ban was instituted 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.

Mr. Shavi said once Apple releases a version of the device built according to European wireless specifications, the ban will be reversed.  An Apple spokeswoman said the “iPad complies with international industry standards for Wi-Fi specifications.”  So…

The iPad is having a hard time in more places than just Israel. The Wall Street Journal reports that several of the largest universities in iPad’s homeland have banned this techno-toy from their campuses – George Washington University, Princeton University, and Cornell University.

Security issues are cited as the main cause for concern. Cornell complains that the device has connectivity problems and may cause bandwidth overload. George Washington actually has a blanket ban on all wireless Apple mobile devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad). Will more universities follow? Or will the rest of the pack embrace the iPad?

via WSJ and i4u.com

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