Last month we reported that Apple Australia was offering refunds to customers who were confused about the 4G connectivity featured on the Australian Wi-Fi + 4G new iPad. The company is now facing another legal battle and is refusing to rename its newest tablet following a request by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.
Apple stated that it did not mislead customers with the “4G” label, claiming the term is more about speed than it is about technology. In Apple’s filed defense, the iPad maker denies allegations that it engaged in deceptive marketing.
While all 4G iPads have an LTE modem, they are not compatible with the LTE frequencies employed by Australian carriers.
According to Apple, the Australian 3G networks the new iPad supports are actually “4G networks in accordance with accepted industry and regulatory use of the descriptor “4G’.”
For its part, Apple is still offering refunds for the 4G iPads, and is informing Australian consumers at the point of sale that the 4G iPad will not work with Australia’s LTE or WiMAX networks.