Apple fined £1.4m for iPad 4G claims

Apple fined £1.4m for iPad 4G claims

Apple has been fined £1.4 million in Australia after a judge found that the firm had misled customers when it unveiled its latest iPad.

The Cupertino tech giant claimed the device was compatible with the next-generation 4G broadband network, but Australian users can only connect at 3G speeds.

Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled that Apple misled the public for two months this year after the launch of the device.

The company claimed in its adverts that the iPad with WiFi + 4G could connect directly to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile data network, but admitted that its advertising was misleading.

Bromberg fined Apple and also ordered the tech giant to pay £192,500 in costs for contravening consumer law in the nation.

"Apple's desire for global uniformity was given a greater priority than the need to ensure compliance with the Australian consumer law," the judge said.

The firm did offer a refund to all Australian buyers of the new tablet in response to pressure from a consumer watchdog.