Apple slapped with a $19 million fine in Brazil for not selling iPhones with a charger

Apple keeps losing court battles in Brazil over its decision to stop shipping iPhones with a charger. São Paulo state court has ruled against the tech giant, fined it 100 million real ($19 million) in a lawsuit brought by the Brazilian Consumers Association, a group of borrowers, consumers and taxpayers. In addition, the court has ordered Apple to provide all customers in Brazil who have bought the iPhone 12 or 13 in recent years with a charger and include them in all new purchases. Apple, as expected, told the news organization that it would appeal the decision.

Corresponding Barrons, the judge on the case called not including chargers in phone purchases an “abusive practice” that “forces consumers to buy a second product in order for the first to work.” Apple has been arguing with Brazilian authorities about the issue for some time. In 2021, São Paulo’s Procon-SP consumer protection agency fined Apple around $2 million for removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12, telling the company it was violating Brazil’s consumer protection code.

In September of this year, the country’s Justice Department issued an order banning Apple from selling iPhones that don’t come with a charger. It fined the company another $2.38 million and ordered the cancellation of the iPhone 12’s registration with Brazil’s national telecommunications authority. The technology giant is also appealing against this decision.

Apple stopped bundling its iPhones with power adapters back in 2020 with the release of the iPhone 12. The company cited environmental concerns to remove chargers with every device purchase, claiming the decision will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc and tin. Brazil’s Justice Ministry was unmoved by this reasoning, telling Apple it could help the environment in other ways, such as giving its devices USB-C support. In Europe, Apple has a few years to do just that after the European Parliament voted to make USB-C the common charging standard in the EU. Mobile devices like the iPhone sold in the region must be equipped with USB-C charging stations by the end of 2024.

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