Apple has updated its marketing for the new iPad in Australia after regulators in that country criticized the company over “misleading” marketing claims related to the iPad’s 4G capabilities. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Tuesday that it would pursue injunctions, fines and other remedies.
Apple responded by offering full refunds to Australian customers who felt misled about Apple’s 4G advertising.
Apple has seen similar complaints over the iPad’s 4G marketing in other countries including Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Currently, the iPad only works on 4G LTE networks in the United States and Canada. The Norwegian complaint is more significant than those in the other countries. Like Australia, Norway has actually instructed Apple to change the wording of its marketing materials.
The Norwegian Forbrukerombudet, or Consumer Ombudsman, has expressed particular concern over the heavy focus on the new iPad’s 4G LTE support and the description of the product as “designed with next-generation wireless technology”.
Because the iPad’s LTE support is incompatible with Norwegian wireless networks, the fact that the iPad supports LTE makes no difference to potential buyers in Norway and is thus “misleading”. The Ombudsman has given Apple until April 10, 2012 to make the necessary changes.
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