Apple proposes refund over “misleading” iPad claims

Apple has offered to refund consumers who bought the new iPad believing it would be compatible with Australia’s new 4G networks.

The popular tablet device, which went on sale in Australia on March 16, is compatible with many overseas 4G systems – but not Australia’s.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken federal court action against Apple for what it describes as misleading claims about the connectivity speed of the new device.

The matter is before Justice Mordy Bromberg today in the Federal Court in Melbourne.

The ACCC wants the technology giant to advertise the error in newspapers and put corrective stickers on its boxes to alert consumers.

But Apple’s barrister, Paul Anastassiou, told the court that would be a cumbersome and time-consuming process.

ACCC barrister Colin Golvan SC said Apple did not have an iPad that would meet Australian consumers’ requests to use the 4G network.

The case continues.

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