Apple has failed to overturn a 10 million euro ($11.1M) fine levied against it in 2018 by Italy, after a court rejected an appeal against the findings of an investigation over iPhone slowdowns caused by software updates.
Apple is closing all the Apple Store locations across Italy as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, with all of the retail locations to be closed on Thursday and extending for an unknown period of time.
Hours after canceling Today at Apple sessions across Italy, Apple on Monday announced a number of its stores in the country will see reduced operating hours or closures to help mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus.
The Italian government is reportedly preparing a tax on digital companies as part of its national budget for 2020. It's due to take effect from January and through a self-assessment system will levy a 3% tax on online transactions.
A vehicle used by Apple to capture images for Apple Maps has been spotted in Italy, with a pair of operators reportedly fixing a problem with the on-vehicle camera system in the middle of one of its journeys on Tuesday.
Apple is bringing its AppleCare+ for Mac with accidental damage warranty coverage to several additional markets, giving customers in Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and large swath of Europe extra peace of mind for a price.
The launch of the HomePod in Spain and Mexico on Friday has opened up speculation of the smart speaker's release in other countries, including an announcement about a rollout in Italy that could be revealed during the company's Oct. 30 event.
Italy's antitrust regulator has fined Apple 10 million euros ($11.4 million) and Samsung 5 million euros ($5.7 million), following an investigation into smartphones being slowed down by operating system updates and allegations of planned obsolescence by the manufacturers.
Apple could start to distribute smartphones set to be unveiled on Wednesday not long after the announcement, with a report suggesting the first batch of "iPhone XS" and "iPhone XC" models could ship to customers as early as September 21 in Italy.
Apple is celebrating the opening of its Piazza Liberty store in Milan on July 26 with art, using works from a number of artists and a colorful Apple logo on the outside of the store, along with promoting Today At Apple sessions with a creative focus.