Italy has fined Apple 10 million euros (~$12 million) over “aggressive and deceptive” enterprise practices centring across the iPhone’s water-resistance, in line with the nation’s nationwide competitors authority.
In a assertion revealed on Monday, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) stated Apple has marketed a number of of its iPhones as waterproof for years, however has did not make clear that it solely utilized below sure circumstances. AGCM says that some iPhone fashions didn’t show to be waterproof for thirty minutes at a depth of as much as four meters (13 toes) relying on the mannequin, as Apple has marketed. These claims, it stated, solely held up in lab-controlled exams with pure water versus real-world circumstances.
Apple’s claims date again a number of years and span a number of generations together with the iPhone 8 iPhone 11 traces, in line with AGCM. The Italian regulator additionally labelled Apple’s apply of not protecting water harm of iPhones below guarantee as “aggressive.”
Apple couldn’t instantly be reached for remark, however Apple has lengthy suggested towards swimming and bathing with its iPhones in its wonderful print and help pages.
This isn’t the primary time Apple has fallen afoul with the Italian watchdog. In 2018, Apple was hit with 5 million euro wonderful (~$5.9 million) for releasing software program updates that “considerably decreased” the efficiency of its iPhones.