Apple has learned why Italy is shaped like a boot. In a nutshell, AppleCare was given the boot inside of Italy.
As MMi has reported in recent months, Apple’s warranty policies have caused turmoil with several foreign nations that subsequently demanded that Apple offer a 7-day return policy on App Store purchases. For a time, it even looked like Apple's legal battle with Italy over warranty policies could have resulted in the closure of Apple’s Italian operations.
To simplify matters, Apple has now decided to cut its losses and pull the plug on AppleCare as of late last week.
Italy's competition watchdog had threatened the U.S. giant with a fine and even temporary closure of its Italian operations if the company did not make it clear to customers that they were entitled to a free two-year warranty on its products, in accordance to EU law.