The Brazilian government also fined Apple Inc. $2.38 million for failing to include a battery charger when selling iPhones.
On Tuesday, the Brazilian government fined Apple Inc. $2.38 million and ordered the company to stop selling iPhones without a battery charger in the country. According to Reuters, the South American country’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security has prohibited the sale of iPhone 12 and newer models, as well as any other iPhone model that does not include a power charger. Brazilian officials outright rejected Apple’s argument that removing the battery charger from its iPhones was a move to reduce carbon emissions in the order, pointing out that there is no evidence that selling the smartphone without a charger offers environmental protection.
Brazil orders Apple to suspend iPhone sales without charger https://t.co/7p68pYuBDm pic.twitter.com/mJszPDfb1X— Reuters (@Reuters) September 6, 2022
According to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the iPhone’s lack of an essential component constitutes a “deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers.” According to The Verge, the sales ban comes the day before Apple’s Far Out event, where the company is expected to unveil its iPhone 14 lineup—which is also expected to be sold without a charger. Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg that it would continue to work with Senacon, Brazil’s consumer protection agency, to “resolve their concerns,” and that it intends to appeal the ban.
Apple has been under investigation in Brazil since December last year for several issues including “the sale of an incomplete product” and “discrimination against the consumer” by offering iPhone 12s and newer versions without chargers for power outlets. pic.twitter.com/Syz99eBY40— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) September 7, 2022
“At Apple, we consider our impact on people and the planet in everything we do. Power adapters represented our largest use of zinc and plastic and eliminating them from the box helped cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions—equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the road per year,” the Cupertino, California-based company said. “We have already won several court rulings in Brazil on this matter and we are confident that our customers are aware of the various options for charging and connecting their devices.”
Brazil stops iPhone sales until Apple includes an AC charger https://t.co/UlAiN7PUph— AppleInsider (@appleinsider) September 7, 2022
Meanwhile, Senacon claims that Apple’s decision to discontinue the charger is a “burden” on customers and that the company could reduce its environmental impact in other ways. According to the agency, the absence of a charging brick when purchasing an iPhone renders the device “incomplete” and forces customers to make an additional purchase. This is not the first time Apple has been chastised by the Brazilian government for selling phones without chargers. Last year, the country fined Apple $2 million for failing to include chargers with its iPhone 12 devices, noting that Apple “has taken no measure to minimize the damage and continues to sell cell phones without chargers.”
Brazil says Apple can’t keep selling iPhones that don’t come with a charger https://t.co/VoUPRDLqfQ pic.twitter.com/Asc2Xf99q9— The Verge (@verge) September 7, 2022
A Brazilian court ordered Apple to pay a man $1,000 earlier this year for failing to include a power adapter with his iPhone. According to Judge Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro, “Apple obliged the consumer to purchase a second product of its exclusive manufacture which was an abusive and illegal commercial practice.” Apple first announced in 2020 that it would sell iPhones without the charging brick and earbuds due to environmental concerns. The company claimed that by removing the two accessories, they would be able to sell their phones in smaller boxes, reducing carbon emissions. Many people believe that the move benefits Apple’s finances more than the environment.
And I repeat, Apple sells problems then creates the solutions to those problems and sells those too. Ain’t no way. https://t.co/OP9XfBWVlq— Karabo (@KaraboNtswaki) September 7, 2022
Brazil orders Apple to suspend iPhone sales without charger: Brazil’s government on Tuesday ordered Apple Inc to stop selling iPhones without a battery charger in the country, claiming that the company provides an incomplete product to consumers. https://t.co/bI4hOW4JVy— SA Breaking News (@SABreakingNews) September 6, 2022
Brazil’s Ministry of Justice has fined Apple $AAPL $2.3 Million and halted iPhone 13 sales until the company once again includes a charger in the box – AppleInsider— Stock Market News – Evan (@StockMKTNewz) September 6, 2022