Apple ordered to halt sales of iPhone without charger in Brazil, faces fine for ‘incomplete product’


The Brazilian government has reportedly fined Apple BRL 12.275 million (around Rs 18 crore) for not including a charger in the box with its iPhone models, while claiming customers received an incomplete product. A day before the Cupertino company unveiled the iPhone 14 line – the purported successors to its iPhone 13 line – Apple was also ordered to halt sales of iPhone units without included chargers in the country. , according to a report.

According to a Reuters report, Brazil’s Justice Ministry has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 and newer models, as well as other iPhone models that don’t come with an included charger. The department also said the charger exclusion “constituted a deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers”, and that the iPhone was missing an “essential” component.

Apple was also fined BRL 12.275 million (about Rs. 18 crore), according to the report, which cites the order published in Brazil’s official gazette.

The company discontinued the inclusion of chargers with the launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020, as part of what the company says are efforts to reduce carbon emissions. These arguments were reportedly dismissed by the Justice Department, which claimed there was no evidence of environmental protection by excluding a charger.

On Wednesday, Apple is expected to launch its alleged iPhone 14 series – consisting of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Models with the “Max” suffix are supposed to have larger screens than the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Apple is also expected to distinguish hardware-wise between Pro and non-Pro models with the launch of the iPhone 14 lineup this year.


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