After a bit of an arduous journey, the iPad has landed on Israeli soil.
For two weeks, officials banned the iPad from entering Israel, fearing the device would interfere with other wireless devices. In addition, published reports noted concerns by the Israeli government over the iPad's potential disruption of military frequencies. No other European country has banned the import of the iPad.
However, after testing with Apple and independent labs, the iPad was found able to be safely operated in Israel in accordance to the local standards.
"The scrutiny conducted by the Ministry technical team vis-a-vis Apple's team, International laboratory and European counterparts confirmed that the device which could be operated in various standards will be operated in Israel in accordance to the local standards," according to a statement this weekend by Israel Minister of Communications, Moshe Kachlon.
The tests provided necessary evidence that the device identifies nearby Wi-fi access points and automatically adapts.
As a result, one device per person will be allowed into Israel. The device debuted in U.S. stores on April 3, but will not be available internationally for purchase until the end of May.
In addition, according to Reuters, the 20 iPads that had previously been confiscated will be returned to their owners.