ipadru
Bloomberg notes that the Russian government has reclassified the iPad as a computer, in order to avoid a steep import tax. The story was originally reported [Google Translate] by the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.

The reason for the tax was because the 3G iPad was considered a GPS-enabled navigation device. With the change, the iPad is now considered a mere computer -- however, many other tablets with GPS capabilities are still subject to the tax.

Top Rated Comments

PracticalMac Avatar
135 months ago
You guys apparently have not seen some of the aircraft flight apps, have you.

iPad with said apps offers better navigation quality then most of the small aircraft, and even a few older big ones, in existence.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Feed Me Avatar
135 months ago
It's not a GPS-enabled navigation device any more, just a mere Computer
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
firewood Avatar
135 months ago
It's not a GPS-enabled navigation device any more, just a mere Computer

The problem is that it's all of the above and more. It's a more powerful PC with a better display than a couple IBM PCs and a PowerMac that I've owned, a more accurate GPS with better maps than my old handheld GPS, a better camera than my first digital camera, a voice recorder, a guitar tuner, a calendar PDA, an ebook reader, a portable music player, a handheld gaming device, a remote desktop thin-client, a vibration measuring device, a digital clock, ... etc.

If some government levied a tax on each of the above product categories, they could probably tax an iPad or iPhone at an amount well above what the thing costs.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LatinGeek Avatar
135 months ago
The only thing the FAA has approved the ipad for is charts and flight manuals...

Nobody ever said anything about FAA-approval.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad-B-One Avatar
135 months ago
This whole tax is probably a promotion tax for the Russian GLONASS, their answer to GPS. There are products out there which use both - like the iPhone 4S. Anyways, putting it on devices which are primarily for other use might convince Russia to excemt them from this tax - especially when every member of their parliament wants an iPad 3 (or 2S or HD or what ever will be called). Now, if Apple pays for using GLONASS anyways (because technically they do) (http://goinggps.com/iphone-4s-now-supports-russian-version-of-gps/), this tax might be seen as obsolete since they now pay fees for that.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
135 months ago
I imagine that other manufacturers are going to demand a reclassification of their cellular tablets as well. The idea that a tablet would be considered a "navigation device" in the first place is a bit ridiculous, even if it does include rudimentary GPS.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

airpods pro 2 1

AirPods Pro 2 No Longer Expected to Feature Built-In Heart Rate or Body Temperature Sensor

Sunday July 3, 2022 8:07 pm PDT by
While past rumors have indicated the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a built-in heart rate and body temperature sensor, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has cast doubt on those rumors turning out to be true, saying instead such a feature is unlikely to come anytime soon. "Over the past few months, there have been rumors about this year's model gaining the ability to determine a...
Apple Watch 8 Unreleased Feature Thumb

Apple Watch Series 8 Model Rumored to Feature 5% Larger Display

Monday July 4, 2022 5:50 am PDT by
Apple is working on an Apple Watch Series 8 model with a larger display, according to DSCC's Ross Young and Haitong International Securities's Jeff Pu. In October last year, Young suggested that the Apple Watch Series 8 could come in three display sizes. Now, responding to a query about the rumor on Twitter, Young claims that the additional display size joining the Apple Watch lineup will be ...
intel go pc justin long

Windows Laptop Makers 'Worried' About New MacBook Air Impacting Sales

Tuesday July 5, 2022 6:57 am PDT by
The upcoming launch of Apple's redesigned MacBook Air with the M2 chip has some Windows laptop manufacturers "worried" that sales of Intel-based laptops will be negatively affected, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. "A Wintel brand vendor pointed out that at a price point of US$1,000-$1,500, the MacBook Air will crowd out other high-end notebooks," the report claims, with...
European Commisssion

EU Approves Landmark Legislation to Regulate Apple and Other Big Tech Firms

Tuesday July 5, 2022 5:53 am PDT by
European Union lawmakers have approved landmark legislation to heavily regulate Apple, Google, Meta, and other big tech firms. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) were proposed by the European Commission in December 2020. Now, collected in a "Digital Services Package," the legislation has been formally adopted by the European Parliament and seeks to address...
macbook air m2 order date feature

Apple Announces MacBook Air With M2 Chip Available to Order Starting July 8, Launches July 15

Wednesday July 6, 2022 4:59 am PDT by
Apple today announced that the new MacBook Air equipped with the M2 chip will be available to order starting Friday, July 8 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple said deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, July 15. MacRumors exclusively reported that Apple planned to launch the new MacBook Air on July 15, and the date has now been confirmed by Apple. Customers will be...
top stories 2jul2022

Top Stories: M2 MacBook Air Release Date, New HomePod Rumor, and More

Saturday July 2, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
The M2 MacBook Pro has started making its way into customers' hands and we're learning more about how it performs in a variety of situations, but all eyes are really on the upcoming M2 MacBook Air which has seen a complete redesign and should be arriving in a couple of weeks. Other top stories this week included a host of product rumors including additional M2 and even M3 Macs, an updated...
Lockdown Mode Feature

Apple Announces New Lockdown Mode on iOS 16 With 'Extreme' Level of Security

Wednesday July 6, 2022 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today announced a new Lockdown Mode coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Apple says the optional security feature is designed to protect the "very small number" of users who may be at risk of "highly targeted cyberattacks" from private companies developing state-sponsored spyware, such as journalists, activists, and government employees. Apple...
siri remote 3

Apple Releases Firmware Update for Apple TV Siri Remote

Tuesday July 5, 2022 12:10 pm PDT by
Apple today released new firmware for the Siri Remote designed for the Apple TV, updating the software from version 9M6772 to 10M1103. The software is for the redesigned Siri Remote that was released in May 2021, aka the gray remote with the updated interface. In the Apple TV settings, the new firmware will display as 0x0070, up from 0x0061. There is no word on what's new with the Apple TV...