Wild card in Apple’s iPad release dates is FCC approval

While the tech community has become quite familiar with products being unintentionally revealed through a leaked FCC document, Apple appears to have avoided that fate by carefully coordinating their product announcement with the FCC certification process.

In the screenshot below you can see that the bottom of the iPad technical specifications page includes a notice that the device “is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”

iPad FCC Notice

FCC certification for a device can take as long as 8-12 weeks according to Agile test group, a company which provides testing services for new products requiring FCC approval.


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  • Pitchforks_and_Torches

    Face it, the 90 day delay is probably just as much so AT&T can get their ducks in line with their 3G network. Though I'm guessing the iPad will be less of a bandwidth hog than the iPhone. I don't expect people to be whipping out their iPads while in the checkout line to Twitter, watch movies, check email like they do with their iPhones.

  • Pitchforks_and_Torches

    Face it, the 90 day delay is probably just as much so AT&T can get their ducks in line with their 3G network. Though I'm guessing the iPad will be less of a bandwidth hog than the iPhone. I don't expect people to be whipping out their iPads while in the checkout line to Twitter, watch movies, check email like they do with their iPhones.