Apple and the ACCC have agreed that Apple should pay a $2.25 million penalty for calling its iPads '4G', as they don't work fully on Australian 4G networks...
If you remember, Apple had to change the new iPad's "WiFi + 4G" name to "WiFi + Cellular" because some countries don't have a real 4G (LTE) infrastructure yet and people "felt cheated" with the device's "misinformation".
Well, now Apple and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have agreed that the company should pay a fine of $2.25m for "misleading" customers in Australia about these data capabilities of its iPad.
The settlement figure must now be approved by a judge before the matter is resolved.Facts agreed on by the ACCC and Apple Australia suggest that Apple's conduct breached consumer laws in four ways — by saying that the new iPad with Wi-Fi and 4G could connect to Telstra's LTE network on:
- Its web page and online store
- Its own stores
- Information and materials provided to resellers
- Information and materials provided by Apple on reseller sites.
Each of these instances of non-compliance has a maximum potential penalty of $1.1 million, meaning that Apple was originally facing a maximum penalty of $4.4 million. Apple and the ACCC have settled on a penalty of $2.25 million.
This "little" issue ended to be very troublesome for Apple, but at least the final "penalty" will be pretty low for them.
NEWS SOURCE: Apple ACCC agree on 2.25m 4G fine (via) CNET
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