In Brazil, Apple gets fined for not shipping iPhone box with charger

Apple iPhone without charger

In Brazil, Apple received yet another fine for omitting the iPhone charger from the packaging. The lack of a charger in the iPhone box was called “abusive” by a court in So Paulo, which gave Apple a 19-million-dollar fine.

As an environmental measure, Apple’s decision not to include a charger in iPhone box. This continues to hurt the company, at least in Brazil. The state court of So Paulo fined the Cupertino company $19 million, saying that not offering charger is abusive practice. People say it makes them “buy a second product for the first one to work.”

Barron’s says that the court also wants to force Apple to give a charger to anyone who bought an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 in the last two years. Remember that these models do not come with a charger. So, the civil court judge in So Paulo also wants to force the Cupertino company to give a charger with every new purchase.

“It is evident that, under the justification of a ‘green initiative’, the defendant imposes on the consumer the compulsory purchase of charger adapters that were previously supplied together with the product”.

Sao Paulo Court

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Court’s verdict regarding chargers and iPhone box

Apple, on the other hand, has said that it will appeal the court’s decision. The court made its decision after the Brazilian Consumers Association sued. The company has also filed a challenge to a previous government order in the country. In this case, Brazil said that the company couldn’t sell iPhones anywhere in the country if they didn’t come with a charger. Along with the ban, there is also a fine of $2.3 million.

Since 2020, the Cupertino company has been selling new iPhones without a power adapter. The only thing in the box is the Lightning to USB-C cable. In addition to the device, you will also need the instructions and the adapter to take out the SIM tray.

Since then, Apple has said that this decision was made to protect the environment. Not only does not having a charger cut down on the amount of plastic. But it also makes the device box much smaller. This makes it possible to stack more iPhones on a single pallet. And by doing this, the carbon footprint of transporting these goods will be less.

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