Apple forced to lengthen warranties to two years on its products, in accordance to EU consumer protection regulations.
Apple often stamps a "one year limited warranty" label on its products. As a significant number of people have some sort of dent, scratch, or malfunction, phone manufactures usually lose great amounts of money in replacing products with a two year warranty. However, Apple lost €900,000 at once last year after a non-compliance complaint was filed by the Italians, stating that Apple did not adhere to the European Union's mandated two year warranty term. Drawn in by financially wounded multinationals, other EU countries are now plotting their attacks.
Apple is currently in the process of revising its policies in France, Germany, and Belgium, stating that customers are entitled to replacements and manufacturing repairs for the entire two years instead of one. While the biggest economies in Europe are forcing Apple into compliance with their consumer protection laws, we have yet to hear Spain, the United Kingdom, or the Netherlands push for change, as Apple products are still labelled in those regions as having only one year warranties. Do you think these changes will chain react to the United States and pressure Apple to forget about one year warranties, or will the government be hesitant to force such a change on one of the biggest electronics companies in the country?