Thank God, Apple has tons of can with it. This is because Apple needs to shell out a huge amount of money.
Apple is going to pay for “deliberately” misleading Australians about the 4G capabilities of the new iPad.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought an action against Apple. It said that the iPad-maker misled Australians by advertising new iPad connectivity with 4G networks in Australia. An Australian Federal Court judge agreed with the ACCC and as a result of the settlement, Apple will pay AUS$2.25 million (about US $2.27 million) in fines as well as AUS $300,000 in court costs.
In March, Apple offered to refund customers who felt that they had been misled by the advertising. They also published a clarification of the actual capabilities. Outside North America, the new iPad is now advertised as Wi-Fi + Cellular. Australian advertising specifically states that the device “is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE and WiMax networks.”
News of the proposed settlement first surfaced about two weeks ago. The latest statement from the Australian courts fixes the amount that Apple will be fined. Similar consumer protection lawsuits may follow in other countries now that the ACCC has successfully sanctioned Apple.