Israel lifts Apple iPad ban

Israel has lifted a ban on personal imports of Apple's tablet device after more than 20 were confiscated in a row over Wi-fi specifications.

Haaretz is reporting that the Communications Ministry is allowing the iPad to be brought into the country by impatient Macolytes who just couldn't wait for the official worldwide launch of the highly desirable gadget.

No doubt encouraged by Apple's policy of waiting until the whole of America has had its fill of its latest toy before allowing anyone outside the USA to get a taste, as many as 20 Israeli Mac fans have had their shiny new iPads confiscated at Ben Gurion International Airport.

The row kicked off after technical advisers didn't fully appraise Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon of the iPad's specifications, and specifically whether the device stood up to Israel's European-style standards which are apparently more stringent than those in the US.

Now it looks like further testing has been carried out, and everyone involved is happy with the results, which means that anyone who has had an iPad languishing in Isreali customs is now able to go and pick their precious cargo up.

Imagine the frustration of being one of the first kids on the block with a new toy and not being able to show it off.