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Revamped Apple Maps Rolls Out in Australia [Updated]

Tuesday October 19, 2021 4:01 am PDT by
Following a promise of "later this year" in June, Apple has officially rolled out its new and updated Apple Maps in Australia. The new ‌Apple Maps‌ offers richer details in roads, parking lots, parks, buildings, airports, and more, and is part of Apple's push to rival Google Maps and other third-party map services. In Australia, customers will now have access to new ‌Apple Maps‌. Apple last ...
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Australia Continues to Scrutinize Apple Pay Amid Push for Regulation

Monday August 30, 2021 7:31 am PDT by
The government of Australia is considering creating new laws that could more heavily regulate digital payments systems such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and WeChat Pay (via Reuters). An Australian government-commissioned report into digital payments systems has made a number of recommendations, one of which suggested actively regulating ‌Apple Pay‌ and other similar digital payments services....
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Australian Government Now Offering COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificates for Apple Wallet

Monday August 2, 2021 1:04 am PDT by
The Australian government has introduced support for adding COVID-19 vaccination digital certificates to Apple Wallet via the Express Plus Medicare app on iOS. Image credit: Tap Down Under As spotted by Tap Down Under, users who have received two doses of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine now have access to the digital certificate through their Medicare online account or via the Medica...
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Major Australian Healthcare Insurance Companies Now Support Apple Wallet

Tuesday July 27, 2021 2:39 am PDT by
A number of the largest healthcare insurance companies in Australia now allow their customers to add their insurance cards to their digital Apple Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch, giving healthcare patients ease of access of by using their ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch instead of their plastic insurance card. Bupa, Medibank, nib, and GU Health have announced support through electronic...
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Australia Considers Case for Opening iPhone NFC Chip to Third Party Payment Systems

Monday July 26, 2021 6:33 am PDT by
Apple on Monday responded to questions from Australia's parliament about its third-party access approach to the NFC chip in its iPhones, following claims that its Apple Pay system is stifling innovation in the contactless payment technology space. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services heard for-and-against arguments from Apple, Google, and others relating...
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Epic Wins Appeal to Continue Antitrust Case Against Apple in Australia

Friday July 9, 2021 2:58 am PDT by
Australia's Federal Court has permitted Epic Games to sue Apple, reversing a previous ruling that said the two companies had to battle it out in the United States first before any legal action could take place Down Under. Epic and Apple are involved in a highly public lawsuit in the United States, but Epic has also sued Apple in other countries, including Australia last November, in an...
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Parents in Australia Warned to Keep AirTags Away From Children Due to Battery Choking Hazard

Monday June 28, 2021 3:59 am PDT by
In May, a major Australian retailer took AirTags off its shelves in response to concerns that the Bluetooth-enabled item tracking device could pose a threat to children due to the size and "easy" access to its battery. Now, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is officially slapping Apple's AirTag with a warning. In a press release, the ACCC says it is "urging parents" to keep ...
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AirTag Removable Battery Sparks Child Safety Concerns

Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:47 am PDT by
More than a week following their international debut, Apple's AirTag item tracker is now facing child safety concerns about its replaceable battery. AirTags feature a standard replaceable CR2032 coin-cell battery that Apple says can power an AirTag for an entire year. The battery in an AirTag can be removed by pushing down and twisting the AirTag's back-plate, a fairly straightforward and...
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Australian Watchdog Wants iOS Users to Have More Control Over Preinstalled Apps

Wednesday April 28, 2021 3:04 am PDT by
In an report related to its ongoing investigation into Apple and Google app marketplace dominance, Australia's consumer watchdog has warned both companies that it wants consumers to have more choice when it comes to preinstalled apps on Apple and Android devices (via ZDNet). Specifically, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants Apple and Google to give users more...
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Apple Watch ECG Feature Coming to Australia and Vietnam Next Week

Wednesday April 21, 2021 5:12 am PDT by
Apple on Tuesday seeded the release candidate of an upcoming watchOS 7.4 update to developers for testing purposes, and in the process revealed that the Apple Watch ECG feature is coming to additional countries very soon. Along with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, the official public version of watchOS 7.4 is set to be released next week, and Apple Watch users who install it in Australia and...
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Longtime Apple Maps Bug in Australia Erroneously Lists Businesses in Residential Areas

Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:36 pm PDT by
There's a curious bug in the Apple Maps app that's affecting Australians, which appears to be caused by a bad data set. Multiple complaints on Twitter suggest that ‌Apple Maps‌ is listing certain businesses incorrectly, directing Australians to residential areas rather than the actual business location. An erroneous hospital listing located near Twitter user Russell Ivanovic ‌Apple Maps‌...
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Epic's Case Against Apple in Australia Might Be Over

Friday April 9, 2021 1:21 pm PDT by
Epic Games and Apple are involved in a highly public lawsuit in the United States, but Epic has also sued Apple in other countries, including Australia, in an attempt to boost its chances of getting a favorable ruling. Things aren't quite going Epic's way, however, as the justice overseeing the case today decided that he's going to let the two companies battle it out in the United States. ...
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Apple Says iOS Developers Have 'Multiple' Ways of Reaching Users and Are 'Far From Limited' to Using Only the App Store

Thursday March 25, 2021 6:18 am PDT by
As it faces a barrage of probes and investigations regarding the App Store and the distribution of apps on its devices, Apple has told Australia's consumer watchdog that developers have "multiple" ways to reach iOS users and claims that they are "far from limited" to simply using the ‌App Store‌. In a new filing (via ZDnet) responding to concerns from the Australian Competition & Consumer...
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Epic Games' App Store Legal Challenge 'Self-Serving,' Apple Tells Australian Court

Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:37 am PDT by
Apple has told an Australian court that Epic Games' legal challenge against the App Store is "self-serving," and that all the software company aims to do is "redefine the terms of access" that it's always been subject to on Apple's platforms. As reported by The Guardian, Apple and ‌Epic Games‌ on Tuesday went head-to-head in a federal court in Sydney, Australia, following Epic's decision to...
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Apple 'Surprised' By Developer Frustration With Its App Review Process

Monday March 22, 2021 5:11 am PDT by
Apple has told Australia's competition watchdog that it's "surprised" to hear that some developers have concerns over the App Store and the process in which apps are reviewed, rejected, or approved for distribution on the platform. In September of last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched an investigation into Apple's ‌App Store‌ and Google's Play Store...
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Australia Eyes Consumer Impact of Google's Default Search Engine Deal With Apple

Thursday March 11, 2021 5:04 am PST by
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission watchdog is eyeing a potential probe into pre-installed software and pre-defined "default" choices on mobile devices, including Google being set as the default search engine on Apple devices. In a press release (via ZDNet), the agency is asking for consumer and industry feedback on the state of default settings, pre-installed web browsers,...
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Apple Watch ECG Feature Gets Approved in Australia

Wednesday March 3, 2021 2:07 am PST by
The Australian government has approved ECG functionality on the Apple Watch, giving Apple the all-clear to launch the feature for Apple Watch users in the country, according to a regulatory document first spotted by The 8-Bit. Earlier last month, the Apple Watch's irregular heart rhythm notification received approval in Australia, although ECG did not. Irregular heart rhythm is a feature...
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Facebook Reverses Australian Ban on News Sharing

Tuesday February 23, 2021 12:53 am PST by
Facebook has announced that it will restore the ability for users in Australia to share news content on the social platform, following changes to the country's media code. The company banned all news sharing last week in response to a proposed Media Bargaining Law, which aims to level the playing field between Australian news media businesses and digital platforms in terms of bargaining...
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Facebook Blocks All News Sharing on Its Platforms in Australia

Thursday February 18, 2021 3:21 am PST by
Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban users from sharing news on its platform in Australia, in response to proposed media laws in the country that the company claims "fundamentally misunderstand" its relationship with publishers who share news content. The move is a retaliation to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) proposed Media Bargaining law, which seeks...
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Apple Watch Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Approved in Australia as ECG Approval Edges Closer

Monday February 8, 2021 6:16 am PST by
The Apple Watch's irregular heart rhythm notifications have been approved in Australia, indicating that approval for the ECG feature may be soon to follow after years of waiting, according to EFTM. Documents seen by EFTM from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration show that the Apple Watch's irregular rhythm notifications feature has now been approved and added to the Australian...