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Apple reportedly set to offer iPad refunds in Australia after 4G marketing confusion

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In the wake of complaints that it misled Australian customers by advertising the new iPad with 4G capability when it isn't compatible with Australia's LTE networks, Apple has reportedly agreed to refund the purchase price for any users misled by its marketing.

iPhoto for iOS icon on iPad
iPhoto for iOS icon on iPad

Earlier today the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission made an application to the Federal Court in Melbourne for an injunction against Apple, stating that the company's use of the term "4G" in connection with the latest iPad was misleading for Australian consumers when the device only runs on LTE networks in North America. Apple has already responded, according to ABC News, and will be offering full refunds to Australian customers confused by the issue. Apple reportedly argued in the Melbourne Federal Court that it had never specifically said the new iPad could connect to Australia's Telstra LTE network, and that given that the new iPad is indeed compatible with other 4G networks that it wasn't guilty of directly misleading users. Consumers will be able to have their purchase price refunded at the point of sale, and language on international online Apple Stores currently notes that the WiFi + 4G model can "roam worldwide on fast GSM/UMTS networks, including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDP," but that it can only connect to the LTE networks "of AT&T in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada." Whether this will be enough to halt any further action against the company in Australia, however, remains to be seen.