Israel blocks US iPad imports

Israel has banned Apple's iPad from entering the country from the US and has threatened to confiscate the newly released devices from passengers at airports.

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Israel has banned Apple's iPad from entering the country from the US and has threatened to confiscate the newly released devices from passengers at airports.

The official reason is that the iPad's wi-fi system is incompatible with Israel's wireless standard and authorities claim it could damage the network, according to the Financial Times.

Apple has not commented on the ban, but this week announced that the international roll-out of the iPad will be delayed by a month because of high US demand.

The company said it would not announce international pricing or start taking pre-orders until 10 May, indicating general availability only towards the end of the month.

Only a wi-fi version of the device has been released so far. A 3G version is expected to launch in the US at the end of April.

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