8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2011 5:26 AM by bakbek
Amir Harel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I'm probably the first israeli who's got an Ipad.
for some reason i cant access the app store from my iPad,
i can only download stuff using itunes on my pc via the "israeli" app store (which does not include ibooks...)
Also, there is no Hebrew keyboard (there's an app for that which i can buy) i think that it should be included.

the calendar and a bunch of other apps came up in Hebrew immediately - meaning that apple has prepared some apps in Hebrew and they've automatically synced to my language via the internet, although the Israeli holidays are not showing in the calendar...

I know that apple is working very hard on their localization projects for foreign countries, i wish they'd release the US app store for purchases in Israel.....

I hope that somebody in Apple is reading this, if you need assistance in beta testing some localized software - I'd be glad to assist.

PC, Windows XP, Ipad
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    The only App store for the iPad available is in the Us so you, like all the non-US people who have been lucky enough to get one, will have to wait until their local store updates when its formally released in your country.

    You will not be able to use the US store unless you have a US Account and that required a US credit card and a US postal address.

    Apple may read this but they rarely bother and never respond. I am sure they already have a large number of willing testers from previous OS releases but you never know.

    Enjoy your iPad.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    know that apple is working very hard on their localization projects for foreign countries, i wish they'd release the US app store for purchases in Israel.....


    Never going to happen. This has everything to do with licensing issues for each country which is why there is a separate app store in each country with different content. The same applies to iTunes music and video - licensing issues for each country which is why there is a separate iTunes store for music and video in each country with different content. Apple has no control over the licensing issues in each country - they are serving as the distributor for the content and must abide by what is required of them.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,950 points)
    I hope that somebody in Apple is reading this


    Instead of relying on hope, post your requests in the channel where Apple goes to read such things:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
  • Amir Harel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I guess you're right about contents and leagal rights in a non US country.
    altough I'm hoping they'll get the israeli app store functioning on iPad's and iPhones (as they are'nt functioning now- we gotta use itunes and a computer to get apps).

    iTunes isnt working as well on ipad and there's no hebrew keyboard.
    so, anyway - i did send this as a suggestion to apple...

    thanks for your response, in any case it still is a lot of fun!
  • Orange Ocean Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    With all due respect Allan, it isn't all about licensing. I live in Portugal and I can buy English books from Amazon.co.uk with my Portuguese credit card. So why shouldn't I be able to buy iBooks from a possible "international" Apple Store?
  • bakbek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes... we can pretty much buy any book (ebook version / kindle version too) from Amazon from any country... so why is setting up the Apple local iTunes Store is so backwards in relation to that?

     

    Is it so much harder for Apple to get this done vs. Amazon?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,950 points)

    Nobody can answer your questions and you are responding to discussions which died over a year ago.  To give Apple your views, best to use their feedback channels:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • bakbek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Done that