As MMi reported Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) threatened to take Apple to court in response to the iPad maker's bold claims about the 4G-ready third-generation tablet. As it turns out, Apple didn't notify Australians to an adequate degree (says the ACCC) that the new iPad isn't yet compatible with Australia's 4G network.
As Phillip Swanson subsequently reported, Apple endeavored to quickly resolve the matter by arguing that "it was never specified the iPad could connect to Telstra’s network, but told the court the device is compatible with other networks that by international standards are deemed 4G."
For now, confused, dissatisfied, or frustrated customers still have the option of returning their new iPad.
Additionally, as if Apple doesn't have its hands adequately filled with this Australian matter, today comes word that The Swedish Consumer Agency and officials in the United Kingdom are similarly looking into the veracity of Apple's 4G claims in their respective nations.
From today's Wall Street Journal:
Apple doesn’t have a Swedish office, so the consumer agency would have to take any complaint to the company’s European head office in Ireland, were it to conclude that the advertising is misleading. The Swedish complaints mirror similar criticism in Australia, where Apple expected to defend its right to market the iPad as 4G in court in May.
Source: The Wall Street Journal