Brazil fines Apple $20 million (Rs 164 crore) for removing chargers from iPhone box
The decision, first reported by news agency AFP, may be appealed by Apple. It comes after Brazil’s Ministry of Justice Apple has been fined nearly $2.3 million (roughly Rs 18.9 crore). In September over the same issue and banned the company from selling iPhones without a charger inside the box. The new fine came from a São Paulo civil court judge as damages in a lawsuit filed by a Brazilian consumer association.
Apple has stopped including charging adapters in the iPhone box starting with the iPhone 12 series in October 2020, saying it is reducing electronic waste. However, “this action requires customers to purchase a second product to make the first one work,” the judge said. He ordered Apple to supply chargers to all consumers who bought them in Brazil iPhone 12 And iPhone 13 In the last couple of years, the new iPhone has been included in the boxes.
It comes immediately after the European Union Necessary legislation passed All smartphones, tablets, cameras and other electronic items to use the USB Type-C port as a universal charging solution from 2024, forcing Apple to include a USB-C port in future iPhone models.
Back in September, Brazil’s Ministry of Justice decided to halt sales of iPhones in the country due to the lack of a charging brick in the box. In addition, the government also fined Apple $2.3 million. At the time, Apple said it would appeal the Brazilian government’s decision because it believed removing the adapter from the box would help reduce the planet’s carbon footprint.
Last month, Samsung started including a charging brick inside the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 in Brazil to comply with government guidelines.