Apple Agrees To Pay $2.25 Million Fine Over Misleading iPad 4G Advertising In Australia

Apple has agreed to pay $2.25 million in settlement in order to end a lawsuit filed in Australia for misleading buyers over the 4G-compatibility of the new iPad in the country, reports The Next Web (via The Australian). The settlement is yet to get final approval from the judge but it will most likely be granted, bringing a close to the long-standing issue. The figure will be paid to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, with Apple also expected to pick up the $300,000 to cover the organisation’s court costs.

According to the source:

The Cupertino-based firm told a Federal Court hearing today that it has agreed the pay-out, after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought charges against it in March. The watchdog claimed that Apple deliberately advertised the 4G compatibility despite knowing that the third-generation tablet did not support LTE networks in the country.

Apple has also updated the marketing copy on its website, clarifying LTE compatibility in North America:

The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on fast GSM/UMTS networks, including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. When you travel internationally, you can use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier. You can also connect to the 4G LTE networks of AT&T in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada.

Apple’s adjusted iPad-LTE explanation went live on its websites during May.