The Italian antitrust regulator penalised Apple ten million euros ($12 million) for making false promises about the waterproofness of its iPhones.
The Autorità Garante Della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) imposed the fine, claiming that Apple misled the public on two points.
To begin, Apple claimed in advertising materials various iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone 8 to the iPhone 11, were waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of between 1 and 4 metres (3 and 13 feet), depending on the model.
According to the AGCM, this was only valid in controlled laboratory conditions of completely motionless and pure water, not in real-world situations where individuals might put their phones in water.
It also claimed that Apple’s warranty terms were misleading because they were void if liquids damaged the phone. In addition, according to the allegation, Apple failed to repair iPhones damaged by water.