updated 10:25 am EDT, Wed August 4, 2010
Long road awaits Chinese iPad
The iPad will officially launch in Israel in a few weeks, according to the country's Apple importer, iDigital. So far the only way of getting an iPad into Israel has been to buy one abroad or as a gray-market import; Reuters reports that an Israeli electronics chain will start selling iPads later this week at a base cost of 3,800 shekels, or $1,000. Those tablets will lack warranties and complete Hebrew support, iDigital notes.
For a brief time in April the Israeli government blocked iPad imports. This was justified on the premise that the device might not conform to European Wi-Fi standards, even though people were successfully importing it into Europe proper. It was speculated at the time that the owner of iDigital was using his father, Israeli president Shimon Peres, to slow down the gray market.
The iPad has meanwhile been given China Compulsory Certification by the China Quality Certification Center. The safety seal is essential to official sales in the region, and suggests that Apple is already preparing for a launch, even though there are no announced carriers or vendors yet. The device will probably need to run through testing by the Telecommunications Equipment and Certification Center before it can actually reach the market.