Global Release Delayed for Lusted-After iPad

Israel bans imports of 'incompatible' Apple tablet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2010 1:42 AM CDT
Lyle Kahney, 9, wears an iPad billboard that he and his mother painted as he waits in line to buy an iPad on the first day of Apple iPad sales in the US.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Disappointed Apple fans outside the US will have to wait at least another month to get their hands on an iPad, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The company says demand has been much higher than expected, with 500,000 tablets sold in the first week, so it has pushed the tablet's original late April international release date forward to the end of May. Some observers believe Apple is still working out glitches with wireless compatibility and may be having trouble with component supplies.

Many international travelers have been bringing iPads back from trips to the US, but Israelis may want to think twice. The country has banned imports of the iPad for now, saying its Wi-Fi specifications don't match national standards. Israeli customs officers have seized at least 10 iPads from incoming travelers, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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