updated 10:50 am EST, Fri January 27, 2012
Web link details two-year minimum warranty
Apple has posted a link on its Italian web store, acknowledging its legal dispute with the local government over AppleCare warranties. The link -- simply titled "Communication to protect consumers" -- takes visitors to a PDF file, detailing the government's decision, which resulted in a €900,000 fine. Apple normally only provides a one-year AppleCare warranty for free, but Italian law grants shoppers a minimum of two years of coverage, which Apple is being asked to guarantee by March.
In late December an Apple spokesperson promised that the company would appeal the fine, but no news has been heard on the matter since. Such a statement is unusual, since Apple almost never comments publicly on legal matters, likely because of possible ramifications in court. The spokesperson may have made the statement prematurely.