Apple might have rebranded their iPad in Australia in order to keep certain quarters happy, while offering what is deemed to be the actual capabilities of the iPad in advertisements, but the consumer watchdog body still decided to take Apple to court. Now, we hear that the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is holding out for a $2.25 million fine against Apple for selling their new iPad as “WiFi + 4G”, which is deemed to be misleading when the device clearly does not work on any current Australian 4G networks. The case has been adjourned until next Wednesday, so that Justice Mordecai Bromberg of the Federal Court in Victoria is able to come to a decision after going through a bunch of confidential information concerning Apple’s operations in Australia.
Justice Bromberg did share his unsatisfactory feeling with the seemingly lack of information provided to the court surrounding Apple’s financial position, the total number of iPad sales that carried the “WiFi + 4G” name, alongside the total number of returned units, and the difference between how the iPads would work on a 3G or 4G network. What do you think the outcome will be like?