Apple Pulls AppleCare Out of Italy After Long Ordeal

Apple is saying “arrivederci” to Italy – sort of.

As MMW has reported throughout 2012, Apple’s warranty policies have stirred up no shortage of trouble for the Mac maker in Europe as multiple foreign nations have demanded that Apple offer clearer and more comprehensive warranty and return policies.

One of the biggest gripes toward Apple has centered around AppleCare. But it looks like this will no longer be a problem.

Apple Inc has stopped selling a customer protection plan that raised concerns with Italy’s antitrust authority, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Italy’s competition watchdog had threatened the U.S. giant with a fine and even temporary closure of its Italian operations if the company did not make it clear to customers that they were entitled to a free two-year warranty on its products, in accordance to EU law.

As of Friday, Apple has formally stopped selling the AppleCare Protection Plan (APP) through its store and also through authorized Apple resellers.