Apple fined millions for Australia false iPhone claims

Apple fined $9 million for misleading iPhone and iPad owners in Australia over

An Australian court fined USA electronics giant Apple Inc A$9 million ($6.7 million) on Tuesday after a regulator accused it of using a software update to disable iPhones which had cracked screens fixed by third parties.

The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued the world's biggest company by market value for "bricking" - or using a software update to disable - hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices, then refusing to unlock them if the devices had been serviced by non-Apple repairers.

"If a product is faulty, customers are legally entitled to a fix or a replacement under Australian consumer law, and sometimes even a refund", the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

After an iOS update back in 2015, "Error 53" caused some Apple devices to freeze up.

During its investigation, the Aussie consumer watchdog agency got Apple to admit that it told at least 275 Australian customers affected by "error 53" that they were no longer Apple's problem if their iOS devices were repaired by third party shops.

ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said this was a direct violation of consumer rights in Australia.

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This was a penalty slapped on Apple for allegedly misleading iPhone and iPad owners in Australia about their rights under the country's consumer laws.

Court said Apple's U.S. head office would be responsible for paying the fine.

Expect your Apple store workers to wear even bigger smiles: Apple says it will improve staff training, systems and procedures to ensure future compliance with Australian Consumer Law. So far, Apple had contacted about 5,000 customers, the ACCC said.

"If people buy an iPhone or iPad from Apple and it suffers a major failure, they are entitled to a refund". Commissioner Court said that this was unacceptable in Australia.

The company also said it would provide new replacement devices "if the consumer requests one", rather than give them a refurbished product.

There was no immediate comment from Apple, which has previously described the error as appearing "when a device fails a security test".

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