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iPad Ban at Universities Mostly Hype

By Lina Berezovska
Epoch Times Staff
Created: April 20, 2010 Last Updated: April 22, 2010
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Apple Senior Vice President of iPhone Software Scott Forstall speaks during an Apple special event April 8, 2010 in Cupertino, California. iPad bans at major universities are not necessarily as serious as being reported. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple Senior Vice President of iPhone Software Scott Forstall speaks during an Apple special event April 8, 2010 in Cupertino, California. iPad bans at major universities are not necessarily as serious as being reported. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Universities' bans on iPads have recently been written about in major media, following Israel blocking iPads entering the country last week, concerned that the wireless transmitters in the devices are too powerful.

Yet this may be mostly hype. Princeton University issued a technical alert, stating that the iPad causes network disruptions on campus. However, the university provided a temporary solution, warning only that some iPads may need to be blocked if they continue to make the network unstable.

Cornell has also experienced network bandwidth overload, while University of George Washington was never apple mobile product-friendly in terms of network support, The Wall Street Journal wrote.

Not all schools are having issues. The Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania is integrating the iPad into its new Griffin Technology Advantage program, reported The Chronicle. Students can recieve an iPad with a 13-inch MacBook as part of the full program of $500 per term. They can also choose to opt-out of the MacBook program and enjoy their iPad alone for a fee of $300 per term, a Seton Hill faculty member told The Epoch Times.

University of George Fox in Oregon is also going for the iPad in the fall, as part of its Connected Across Campus program, the school wrote in its newsletter. Each student will have a choice between an iPad or a MacBook. While the university is still uncertain about how the iPad will affect its campus, George Fox is planning to expand the Wi-Fi coverage into its dormitories, the newsletter revealed.

With over 500,000 iPads sold by Apple to date, how universities will adapt to the device remains to be seen. Some are already facing networking issues, while others are integrating the device into the classrooms. While the final picture is unclear, it might all come down to a university's choice to push for more advanced technology on campus to keep up with the fast-paced hi-tech world.




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