The ACCC took Apple to court this morning over claims that its latest "iPad with WiFi + 4G" can connect to an Australian 4G network when it is incompatible with Telstra's 4G network. The new iPad can connect to LTE networks on the 700MHz or 2100MHz bands, but Telstra's 4G network runs on the 1800MHz band.
The competition regulator said that it would be seeking injunctions, pecuniary penalties, corrective advertising and refunds to consumers affected.
After the initial court hearings this morning, Apple said it was prepared to offer a refund to customers who believe they were misled by references to 4G. Apple made the claim that there were networks in Australia that were equivalent to overseas 4G networks.
A speed test conducted by sister site CNET shows the Telstra Next G network outperforming a 4G US network in a "real-world test".
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.