By Simdi Gloria:-
Italy’s competition authority said it had fined Apple €10 million ($12 million) for misleading claims about the water-resistant properties of various iPhone models.
It said the US tech giant “did not make it clear that this feature exists under certain specific conditions”, notably in laboratory tests with static and pure water, “and not under normal conditions of use”.
Citing promotional claims relating to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11pro, and iPhone 11 pro Max models.
Apple was rapped by the authority for a disclaimer that the warranty for the smartphones did not cover damage caused by liquids, saying it “was deemed to mislead consumers”.
It said Apple’s refusal to provide warranty service when the iPhone models concerned were damaged by liquids amounted to “an aggressive commercial practice”.
“For these reasons, the authority has decided to impose penalties totaling 10 million euros on Apple Distribution International and on Apple Italia,” it further said in a statement.
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