Apple is finally fighting back and defending themselves following allegations from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission suggesting that Apple had misled consumers when they announced that the new third generation iPad is compatible with 4G networks. The basis for these claims seemed to surface when people started discovering that the new iPad could not connect to Australian 4G networks.
Apple has turned the finger back at the source, arguing that the problem is actually that Australia’s networks are mislabeled and not truly “4G”.
In Apple’s official statement, the computer company indicates that the new iPad is labeled in accordance with the accepted industry and regulatory use of the “4G” descriptor.
The latest iPad uses 700MHz and 2100MHz frequencies to establish network connections, though only the latter can be used in Australia with the country’s three telecoms marketing that band as 3G technology.
So do you think Apple is misleading consumers or are these kinds of measures ambiguous enough that both parties are correct? In an effort to smooth things over with everybody involved, Apple has offered refunds to anybody who is disgruntled over the matter and updated their website to be more clear and indicate the devices capabilities as they are seen on the networks in Austrlia. That seems like a reasonable response if the perceived communication errors were indeed unintentional.
Regardless of the outcome it has to be fun for the courts and regulatory bodies to try and easily settle arguments over semantics. You can bet with the number of patent disputes and other terminology-related lawsuits on the books these days that strict definitions of certain technologies are soon going to emerge, especially with the introduction of things like the WiMax and LTE standards which can be called 4G without reaching speeds near 100Mbit/s (with 4G usually being defined as falling between 100 megabits per second and a peak rate of 1 gigabit per second).
A full hearing on this matter is expected to begin in May of this year.