Planning a trip to the Holy Land soon? You might want to leave the iPad at home. That’s because the government of Israel has banned the import of the Apple tablet, reportedly over concerns that the device’s wireless signals could disrupt other devices. This ban isn’t just limited to Israelis but also affects tourists and other visitors. It also brings up some interesting security questions.
From what is circulating online, it seems that the Israeli government is claiming that the device broadcasts at higher power levels than are currently allowed in Europe and Israel, and that as a result the iPad could actually affect other wireless connections. Most news reports claim that the United States Federal Communications Commission allows for a higher power level, so this reporter is wondering why we don’t see more problems already? But maybe we do.
I’ve always been one personally with my home office to avoid Wi-Fi when possible. I’ve drilled holes through walls, ran seemingly miles of RJ-45 and other Cat-5 cables simply because I don’t care for the unreliability of Wi-Fi – something that some iPad users have experienced first hand. So now I’m asking a question, or rather questions that have been asked so far.
The first is whether Apple has increased the power levels in which their tablet broadcasts, to ensure that the devices will be reliable on Wi-Fi? Maybe not enough however, as some users are still experiencing problems. The second question is whether these power levels have anything to do with the “delay” in launching the product in Europe. If, as many news sites are reporting, the iPad broadcasts at a higher power level than allowed in Europe, it seems logical that some European nations might follow the Israelis in banning the importation of the device. None of this will likely result in a sidelining of the product, and the word is that any problems with the power output standards in Europe will likely be resolved before the new release date next month.
The final question I’ll ask is what this means for safety? As I’ve stated I don’t care for Wi-Fi because of its unreliability, but for businesses I have long questioned whether it is secure enough? While I won’t advise companies not to use Wi-Fi (that would be going to far), I would consider the security involved when sensitive information is being transmitted. On the other end, could devices like the Apple iPad be used to actually take down Wi-Fi networks? This may sound silly or even a bit paranoid, but consider that hackers love to make computer viruses, something that can potentially reek havoc on a business in lost time, productivity and worse lost or corrupted data. Something to think about?
iPad Helps Run Norway
There was other “international” news regarding the iPad last week as well, and FoxNews.com reported that Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg took to governing the state via an iPad after being stranded in New York City. Stolenberg was just one of millions of people who were unable to get across the pond following the eruption of the Icelandic Eyjafjallajokull volcano.