Apple could stump up iPad refunds down under


By John Glenday | Reporter

March 28, 2012 | 1 min read

Apple has been forced to offer a full refund to Australian purchasers of the latest iteration of its iPad over claims that it misled purchasers as to its 4G capabilities.

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission took Apple to court over false advertising after pointing out that the gadget is in fact incompatible with their 4G network.

Ina statement the watchdog averred: “Apple's recent promotion of the new 'iPad with WiFi + 4G' is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product can, with a SIM card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case".

Apple denies any wrongdoing in the case, pointing out that it only claimed that the tablet only supported selected networks in the US and Canada.

If a court finds in the watchdog’s favour Apple could be forced to pay a penalty, issue corrective advertising, or issue full refunds.

Apple has already offered to issue a clarification on future material.


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