A second Brazilian court has mandated that Apple include power adapters with every iPhone order.
Regarding its decision to discontinue including a charger in every iPhone it ships, Apple continues to lose legal battles in Brazil. In a case brought by the Brazilian Consumers’ Association, a coalition of debtors, consumers, and taxpayers, the So Paulo state court ruled against the internet giant and assessed it a 100 million real ($19 million) punishment.
The court also mandated that Apple start including chargers with all new purchases and give them to any Brazilian customers who bought an iPhone 12 or 13 in the previous two years. Apple informed the news agency that it will appeal the ruling, as one might anticipate.
Brazil has fined Apple $19 MILLION for selling iPhones without a charger in the box 😳📱— AppleTrack (@appltrack) October 14, 2022
Do you think the charger should be included for free ⁉️ pic.twitter.com/cQn54582cX
With the debut of the iPhone 12 in 2020, Apple discontinued including power adapters in the box of its smartphones. With every purchase of the device, the business will no longer provide chargers, citing environmental concerns.
They estimate that this will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc, and tin. That argument failed to convince the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, who advised Apple that there are other ways the company can protect the environment, such as by enabling USB-C on its products.
After the European Parliament voted to make USB-C the accepted charging standard in the EU, Apple has a few years to do precisely that. By the end of 2024, all mobile devices sold in the area, including the iPhone, must have USB-C charging ports.
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