News tagged ‘Italy’
After iOS 6.1 Beta 5 for developer’s release, Apple has just added iOS 6.1 for public. This update includes support for new LTE connectivity and purchasing Siri -based tickets to the cinema through Fandango, much as individual downloads of songs in iTunes Match and a new button ' reset ' to track advertising.
"This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
In late November, research company Kantar Worldpanel reported that strong debut of the iPhone 5 allowed Apple to retake the lead in the U.S. sales from Android. Over the August-October timeframe, Apple's share of the market was assessed at 48.1% compared to Android's share of 46.7%.
At the time, the company predicted that IOS share would continue to increase and Apple would hit a record high for market share on the strength of iPhone 5 sales over the following two 12-week periods.
Apple is hiring new team members to help make Siri available in Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish, according to a company job posting.
Apple’s official list of currently supported languages and availability by country for Siri is below:
In July we reported that Apple was threatened with a temporary closure of its operation in Italy if the company did not change its warranty policies. Previously Italian antitrust regulator fined Apple $1.2 million for misleading practices of selling one-year AppleCare warranties and not informing customers about a two-year warranty that is mandatory by European Union law. Now it seems that Apple has officially removed its AppleCare Protection Plans from sale in Italian retail stores with only online version of its plans still available for consumers in Italy.
Super yacht "Venus", the design of which was commissioned by Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, was officially launched in Aalsmeer, on Sunday. The opening was attended by the Jobs` family. 80-metre hull made entirely of aluminum. In addition to "the Spartan” Interior, steering cabin is equipped with seven 27-inch iMacs using navigation, management systems and other software for the operation of Venus.
Apple has announced the grand opening of five new retail stores in support of the iPhone 5 launch this Friday. The first opening set for Thursday and the first new store at the Rio Shopping mall will open its doors in the Spanish city Valladolid. The Thursday opening is unusual due to the fact that a brand-new Rio Shopping center also opens this day.
Back in December of 2011 we reported that Italian antitrust regulator forced Apple to pay a $1,2 million fine for misleading practices related to warranty terms disclosure. The regulator claimed that Apple mislead customers by selling standard one-year AppleCare warranty without properly informing consumers of a two-year warranty that is required by European Union law.
Evidence of the purchase has been revealed in the weekly bulletin of Italy’s antitrust regulatory body AGCM. The most relevant portion of the bulletin published on May 28 said (English translation):
You can determine the country by iPhone Model Number. Here is the list of country codes used by Apple devices.
MB123XX/A or MC123XX/A is the device code and XX is the regional identifier (or however it is called). This code you can find in this list:
- AB Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
- B Ireland, UK, also used for some replacement phones
- C Canada
- CZ Czech Republic
- DN Austria, Germany, Netherlands
- E Mexico
- EE Estonia
- FB France, Luxembourg
- FD Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Apple is launching the new iPad in 25 more countries tomorrow.
The company's third generation tablet will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, March 23 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers, in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Italian news agency ANSA published on Thursday a report where it revealed that an the Milan-based Italian first-instance court for patent cases has denied Samsung's request for a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S, making it the third time the South Korean electronics maker has failed to obtain a ban on Apple's newest handset in Europe.
The Italian court's rejection marks the third straight loss for Samsung in its effort to curb Apple handset sales in Europe, and follows similar decisions by France's Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris in December 2011 and Dutch court Rechtbank's-Gravenhage's ruling in October.
Both companies are embroiled in a worldwide patent war, though thus far only Apple has seen success in its injunction requests and won bans against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, Australia and the Netherlands.
However, Apple is only slightly ahead of Samsung. The Cupertino Company will have to pay Samsung a significant amount in damages if courts in those states find that the preliminary injunctions were improperly granted. As you may remember, the patent war erupted when Apple filed a suit against Samsung in April 2011, alleging that the South Korean company blatantly copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. The war now spans over 10 countries across four continents.
Reuters reports that Apple has been fined 900,000 euros, or $1.2 million, in Italy in response to complaints of "unfair commercial practices" related to product warranty disclosures. Apple sold its products with a standard one-year warranty. The customers had an option to buy a second year through AppleCare, but local laws require companies to protect buyers with a free two-year warranty.
According to the report, Italy's antitrust regulators ruled that Apple has not been providing adequate disclosures about the two free years of product warranty assistance required under Italian law that is why Apple was fined 400,000 euros for not providing adequate information to customers about the length of product guarantees, and another 500,000 euros stemmed from Apple not giving customers enough information about its AppleCare extended warranty.
The authority said Apple Sales International, Apple Italia and Apple Retail Italia did not properly inform customers that they were entitled to two years of free assistance under Italian law. Three Apple spokesmen contacted by Reuters weren't immediately available for comment.
Information provided about an extra guarantee scheme, the "AppleCare Protection Plan," encouraged customers to buy the service without clearly explaining that it overlapped with the free assistance required by law, the competition authority said.
According to The Chosunilbo
“We concluded that we should engage in legal battles with Apple only in the global market, but not in order to gain more market share in Korea”.
Apple's online store in Sweden
Yesterday Apple launched the iPhone 4S in 22 additional countries, starting the second wave of launches for the new iPhone model. Last week the company began to take pre-orders ahead of the release planned for Austria, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Singapore, Norway, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Belgium, Mexico, Luxembourg, Latvia, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Estonia and Finland.