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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

Case against Cupertino continues after talks fail

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Apple's talks with Australia's competition authority today over the little advertising snafu where Cupertino wrongly announced that 4G would work in the country have failed to come to any resolution.

Australian media said that negotiations between the regulator and Apple hadn't reached any agreement. An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) spokesperson told The Reg that the body would only confirm that the talks had taken place.

"A mediation did take place, which is quite a common court proceeding," the spokesperson said.

However, the representative added that "the case continues", which would seem to indicate that no deal had yet been reached – since if there were an agreement, the case would be pretty much over. A further hearing is also taking place to decide a schedule for the next phases of the court proceedings.

Apple was in mediation with the ACCC over allegations that its promotion of the new iPad as coming with "WiFi + 4G" was misleading because the fondleslab doesn't work with existing Australian 4G networks.

The iPad-maker already agreed to give refunds to disappointed Australian fanbois who bought the tablet thinking it could hook up to the country's 4G networks. But the ACCC is purportedly looking for Apple to change the fondelslab's name, presumably to just "iPad" instead of "iPad with WiFi + 4G".

The ACCC said in March that it was "seeking final orders including injunctions, pecuniary penalties and corrective advertising", as well as refunds for customers who wanted them.

Apple had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication. ®

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