updated 02:53 pm EDT, Wed June 12, 2013
Extends coverage to two-year period demanded by EU law
Apple has updated its default warranties in Belgium, France, and Germany to reflect European Union law, reports say. EU regulations require covering the sort of goods Apple sells for two years. Until now, though, Apple only marketed its warranties as covering one year in the above countries, drawing criticism from governments and consumer groups. The company was only giving two-year warranties to people paying for extended AppleCare packages.
Attention to Apple's European warranties first arose in Italy. The Italian government ended up fining the company multiple times, as it wasn't satisfied with initial changes. Apple will likely still have to adapt its warranties in several other European countries.