Apple products returned in good condition within a certain period after purchase will no longer be subject to a 10 percent 'restocking' fee, it has been claimed.

According to a report on 9To5Mac, Apple will scrap these fees from its retail chain from Tuesday 11 January.

The fee is used to cover the cost of returning a product and its packaging to its pre-sale condition - however, it does penalise those who decide that they want to buy a different version of a product.

Someone who buys a 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad and then decides that they'd rather have a model with a higher storage capacity and 3G connectivity would have been subject to the restocking fee, for example.

If the report is correct, this is good news for UK customers that have recently seen prices in the Apple Store rise in response to the hike in the rate of VAT.