In addition to the trademark dispute regarding the name "iPad" and the legal questions the device itself raises, there's yet another problem with Apple's much awaited tablet: It wasn't approved by the Federal Communications Commission before it was unveiled. That's why Mac enthusiasts won't see it in stores until March, according to eWEEK. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple used the same strategy with the iPhone, the story says, "not wanting the surprise of its announcement to be spoiled."
An e-mail to those who have pre-ordered the device included the following, in fine print:
Application availability and pricing are subject to change. This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
But Apple must not expect much trouble from the FCC, despite the agency's rather full plate at the moment, given that the basic version of the iPad is expected in stores 60 days from the date of its introduction on Jan. 27, and all other versions are due in 30 days after that.