Italy slaps hefty fine on Apple
Rome - Italy's anti-trust authority said on Tuesday it was imposing a €900 000 (R9.5m) fine on US tech giant Apple for misleading consumers on assistance services and guarantees for its products.
"Sanctions of a total of 900 000 euros have been imposed on the Apple group after it was found responsible for bad commercial practices that harmed consumers," the agency said.
Apple had given "unclear information on payments for additional assistance offered to consumers" and the company had not "fully implemented the two-year guarantee by the producer", it added.
European antitrust officials earlier this month launched a probe to determine whether Apple and five international publishers struck illegal deals to fix the price of e-books in Europe.
Apple has also come under pressure from a bitter global legal battle with South Korean electronics giant Samsung, which accuses the US giant of infringing four of its patents with the iPhone.
Apple reported a record net profit of $6.62bn (€5.06bn) in the third quarter of this year.