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Australian regulator sues Apple alleging iPhone 'bricking'

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Jim K    13,089
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Australia's consumer watchdog has sued Apple Inc (AAPL.O) alleging it used a software update to disable iPhones which had cracked screens fixed by third parties.

 

The U.S. technology giant "bricked" - or disabled with a software update - hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices, and then refused to unlock them on the grounds that customers had had the devices serviced by non-Apple repairers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a court filing.

 

"Consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law exist independently of any manufacturer's warranty and are not extinguished simply because a consumer has goods repaired by a third party," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.

 

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As well as fines, the ACCC said it was seeking injunctions, declarations, compliance program orders, corrective notices, and costs.

 

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Full article at Reuters

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Danielx64    601

Soooo someone please explain how apple can tell if a 3rd party have changed a screen on someone's phone with software on the device?

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Son_Of_Dad    1,363

Here comes a nice waste of money by our idiotic government. I can imagine Mapple's legal team (probably numbered in the squllions) says to a judge "someone else cracks our phones they're breaking the manufacturers warranty." Case dismissed

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FloatingFatMan    18,270
On 4/6/2017 at 11:53 AM, Danielx64 said:

Soooo someone please explain how apple can tell if a 3rd party have changed a screen on someone's phone with software on the device?

Easy. HardwareID's.

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