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Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following Return of Lockdown

Wednesday July 8, 2020 2:46 am PDT by
Four Apple stores in Victoria, Australia are set to reclose for up to six weeks from July 9, following a spike in coronavirus infections in the state. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Highpoint in Melbourne was the first store to reclose on July 2 as the deteriorating health situation prompted a reintroduction of stage three lockdown measures across the state capital. Apple's other retail...

Australian Hacker Avoids Jail After Posting Confidential Apple Employee Details on Twitter

Wednesday June 3, 2020 4:03 am PDT by
An Australian man has been fined AU$5,000 and given an 18-month "recognizance," after he was found guilty of extracting employee details from Apple's servers and posting them on Twitter. According to Bega District News, 24-year-old Abe Crannaford appeared in Eden Local Court on Wednesday for sentencing, after pleading guilty in February to two counts of unauthorized access or modification of ...

Westpac Becomes Last of Australia's Four Big Banks to Support Apple Pay

Tuesday April 28, 2020 1:54 am PDT by
Westpac has become the last of Australia's big four banks to announce Apple Pay support for its customers. The country's oldest bank revealed on Tuesday that it had enabled the new service, following similar moves by ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank, and National Australia Bank. "We are pleased to announce that Westpac customers can now use ‌Apple Pay‌ to make fast and secure payments. This comes at ...

Melbourne Police Use Apple's Find My App to Track Thieves During Fatal Car Chase

Wednesday March 4, 2020 12:52 am PST by
Apple's Find My app was used by police to track two wanted men during a car chase in Melbourne, Australia last month, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the report, the two men were being tracked from the air by helicopter after an iPad was stolen in an earlier home invasion. Driver Vaatoa Chang, 29, and passenger Jonas Montealegre, 36, carried the ‌iPad‌ with them as they...

Apple's Black Friday Event Begins in Australia: Up to $320 Apple Store Gift Card With Select Products

Thursday November 28, 2019 4:03 am PST by
Apple's four-day Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$320 or NZ$320 with the purchase of select new Apple products. The gift card amounts are as follows in Australia and New Zealand:$320 for 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, or iMac Pro $160 for MacBook Air $160 for iPad Pro $160 for Beats Studio3...

Samsung Sued by Australian Consumer Watchdog for 'Misleading' Galaxy Phone Water Resistance Ads

Thursday July 4, 2019 3:33 am PDT by
Samsung is in hot water with Australia's consumer watchdog for allegedly misleading consumers about the level of water resistance its Galaxy smartphones offer. Samsung Galaxy advertisement Reuters reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing the South Korean firm for falsely representing its Galaxy phones as suitable for use underwater, following ads that...

Apple News+ Expanding to United Kingdom and Australia in iOS 13

Monday June 3, 2019 11:14 am PDT by
Apple today at WWDC 2019 announced that Apple News+ will be expanding to the United Kingdom and Australia in iOS 13. ‌Apple News‌+ is currently available in the United States for $9.99 per month and in Canada for $12.99 per month. The service, based on Apple's acquisition of Texture, provides unlimited access to hundreds of digital magazines and...

Australia's National Australia Bank Now Accepts Apple Pay

Monday May 20, 2019 5:02 pm PDT by
National Australia Bank (NAB) today announced support for Apple Pay, allowing NAB customers with a Visa Card to make purchases using the ‌Apple Pay‌ payments service. NAB, a former notable ‌Apple Pay‌ holdout, is the third of Australia's "Big Four" banks to begin accepting ‌Apple Pay‌. It’s here. NAB customers can now use ‌Apple Pay‌. Just add your NAB Visa Card and start using ‌Apple Pay‌ ...

Apple's Limited Time iPhone XS and iPhone XR Trade-Up Promotion Ends March 4 in Australia

Monday February 25, 2019 5:23 am PST by
Australians looking to take advantage of Apple's limited time iPhone XS and iPhone XR trade-up promotion should act fast, as the offer ends Monday, March 4 in Australia, according to an update to Apple's website. As in the United States, Apple is offering higher trade-in values for select older iPhone models towards the purchase of a new ‌iPhone XR‌ or ‌iPhone XS‌. The ‌iPhone XR‌ starts at ...

Australia's Commonwealth Bank Now Supports Apple Pay

Tuesday January 22, 2019 1:34 pm PST by
Commonwealth Bank (CBA) today implemented support for Apple Pay, making it the second of Australia's "Big Four" banks to offer the payments service. CBA is the biggest retail bank in Australia and was a notable ‌Apple Pay‌ holdout. Multiple MacRumors readers in Australia have reported being able to add their Commonwealth Bank cards to ‌Apple Pay‌, and Commonwealth Bank is listed as a partner...

Apple Extends iPhone XR and iPhone XS Trade-In Promotion to Europe, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, and Elsewhere

Friday December 21, 2018 4:35 am PST by
Apple today extended its limited-time promotion offering extra trade-in credit towards an iPhone XR or iPhone XS to additional countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. The promotion first launched in the United States in late November. Update: Apple continues to expand the promotion, with more European countries just added,...

Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opposition From Apple and Other Tech Companies

Friday December 7, 2018 2:36 am PST by
The Australian parliament on Thursday passed controversial encryption legislation that could result in tech companies being forced to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer messages. As we reported in October, Apple opposed the legislation in a seven-page letter to the Australian parliament, calling the encryption bill "dangerously ambiguous" and wide open to potential abuse by...

Apple's Black Friday Event Begins in Australia: Up to $280 Apple Store Gift Card With Select Products

Thursday November 22, 2018 4:05 am PST by
Apple's four-day Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$280 or NZ$320 with the purchase of select new Apple products. Apple offers up to a $70 gift card in Australia and up to an $80 gift card in New Zealand with the purchase of select older iPhone models, including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone ...

Apple Criticizes Proposed Anti-Encryption Legislation in Australia

Friday October 12, 2018 12:15 pm PDT by
The Australian government is considering a bill that would require tech companies like Apple to provide "critical assistance" to government agencies who are investigating crimes. According to the Australian government, encryption is problematic because encrypted communications "are increasingly being used by terrorist groups and organized criminals to avoid detection and disruption." As...

Australian Teen Who Hacked into Apple's Servers Multiple Times Avoids Jail

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:45 am PDT by
A Melbourne schoolboy who hacked into Apple's corporate servers on multiple occasions over two years has avoided conviction, reports The Age. The 19-year-old student, who can't be named for legal reasons as his case is being heard in an Australian Children's Court, earlier pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's internal systems several times in 2015 and 2016. The boy's hacking is said to...

Proposed Apple Store Location in Australia Gets Temporary Heritage Protection

Thursday August 23, 2018 2:33 am PDT by
Apple's plans for its first flagship store in Australia have been dealt another blow, with The Age reporting that the proposed location in Melbourne has won Heritage Protection status until late 2018. The Victorian branch of Australia's National Trust is said to have nominated Federation Square for protection earlier this month, shortly after Apple submitted revised blueprints for the planned...

Melbourne Teen Pleads Guilty to Hacking Apple Servers and Accessing Customer Accounts [Updated]

Thursday August 16, 2018 4:08 am PDT by
A Melbourne schoolboy has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's secure network after the company notified authorities of the intrusion (via The Age). The teen, who can't be named for legal reasons, appeared at an Australian Children's Court on Thursday facing allegations of hacking into Apple's servers on multiple occasions. Details of the case are still sketchy, but the boy's hacking is...

Apple Fined $9 Million for Misleading Some Australian Customers Over 'Error 53' Device Repairs

Monday June 18, 2018 6:15 pm PDT by
The Australian government today fined Apple $9 million for misleading some customers into believing they could not have their iOS devices fixed by Apple if they had been previously repaired by a third-party repair shop, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Today's ruling comes after the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) launched an investigation into Apple after the ACCC...

Australia Prepares Laws Forcing Tech Companies to Help Police Access Encrypted Data of Criminals

Wednesday June 6, 2018 6:54 am PDT by
Australia is gearing up to release new laws that will force Australian telecommunications companies and global tech companies to comply with law enforcement agencies, when such agencies ask for access to encrypted data on the smartphones of suspected criminals (via ABC News Australia). The laws are the latest in an ongoing global data battle that hit a fever pitch in the United States in early...

Citibank Now Offers Apple Pay in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:56 am PDT by
Citi today announced that its credit cards issued in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong can now be used with Apple Pay, followed by Taiwan later this year. Citi cardholders can activate Apple Pay by opening the Wallet app, tapping the plus sign in the top-right corner, tapping the continue button, and positioning the credit card into the on-screen frame or entering the card details...