Apple plans to appeal Brazil’s decision to ban the sale of iPhones without chargers

Brazil’s Justice Ministry has issued an executive order banning Apple from selling iPhones without a charger in the country. It has also fined the tech giant 12.275 million Brazilian reals ($2.38 million) and ordered the cancellation of the iPhone 12’s registration with the country’s national telecoms agency, Anatel. Apple stopped bundling chargers with its mobile devices back in 2020 with the release of the iPhone 12, citing environmental concerns.

The company said it ships devices without power adapters to reduce the manufacturing processes required for each device. In its 2021 Environmental Progress Report, Apple claimed that the decision to stop bundling chargers will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc and tin. Also, the ability to ship devices more efficiently — shipping pallets could carry up to 70 percent more iPhone 12 boxes — would help reduce the company’s carbon emissions.

Brazilian authorities didn’t believe Apple’s statements, arguing that the tech giant could have taken other measures to help the environment, such as adding USB-C charging support to its iPhones. The authorities have decided that the sale of devices without a power supply is a “deliberate discriminatory practice towards consumers”.

This decision comes after the ministry concluded its investigation that began in December. The Brazilian state of São Paulo previously fined Apple 10.55 million real ($1.92 million at the time) for selling iPhones without a charger.

Apple has yet to pull its newer iPhones from its Brazilian online store, but it has been announced Reuters that it would continue to work with the authorities to “address their concerns”. A spokesman also told the news organization that Apple will appeal the ministry’s decision. “We have already won several court rulings in Brazil on this matter and are confident that our customers are aware of the different ways to charge and connect their devices,” they said. It’s worth noting that Samsung has worked with São Paulo authorities to bundle pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S21 with a gift charger. Whether the tech giant will do the same for its next iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled later today, remains to be seen.

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