By AFP | AFP –
Apple was Thursday fined Aus$2.25 million (US$2.29 million) for “deliberately” misleading Australian consumers about the local 4G capability of its next-generation iPad.
The tech giant was also ordered to pay Aus$300,000 in costs by the Federal Court in a case brought by regulators.
Justice Mordy Bromberg found that Apple misled people with claims in its advertising implying that the “iPad with WiFi + 4G” could connect with fourth generation cellular networks in Australia, when it could not.
The judgement ruled that the company engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public and contravened Australian consumer law.
“The conduct concerned was deliberate and very serious,” Bromberg said.
“It exposed a significant proportion of Australian consumers of tablet devices to a misleading representation.”
Apple offered in March to refund customers who felt they had been duped, and to publish a clarification about the popular tablet’s capabilities.
The product is now advertised outside North America as