The Italian Antitrust Authority announced today that it will impose a fine on “Apple” of 10 million euros (12 million dollars) for misleading claims about the waterproofing properties of its iPhone products.
The authority faced a problem with advertisements in which the latest iPhone models were presented as being water resistant for up to 30 minutes, at depths ranging from 1 meter to 4 meters.
Clients were not properly warned that this could only happen during “specific and controlled laboratory tests” and “not under normal use conditions,” as the authority indicated in a statement.
Apple was also fined for refusing to repair fluid-related damages under the guarantee, as the Italian regulatory body deemed it an “aggressive commercial practice.”
On its website, Apple said that the latest iPhone models, starting with the 2016 iPhone 7, are “splash, water and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions.”
It also warned consumers to avoid “swimming or showering with your (iPhone) device … or exposing your (iPhone) device to pressurized water or high-speed water, or deliberately immersing an iPhone device in water.”
Apple Italia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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