Remember when a few years ago Apple wanted to show the world that it wanted to be more environmentally friendly and stopped including chargers in its new iPhones, and by the way started saving millions of dollars in manufacturing? Well, this risky move has just caused Brazil to ban the sale of this brand for delivering incomplete items.
According to information from the Brazilian site G1, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice has just banned the sale of iPhones that do not include a charger and incidentally fined Apple for $12,274,500 BRL (approximately $2,300,000 USD).
“A fine in the amount of BRL $12,274,500 was applied, the cancellation of the registration of the iPhone brand smartphones introduced on the market from the iPhone 12 model was also carried out and the supply of all iPhone brand smartphones, regardless of the model or generation that are not accompanied by a charger, was immediately suspended,” the document published by the ministry in the Official Journal of the Union mentions.
In 2020, when the iPhone 12 was announced, Apple revealed that it would stop including the charging box with the phones, claiming that its goal was to be more environmentally friendly. However, in October 2021, the Brazilian government alerted the company for not being perfectly clear about why it had stopped including it, as this could be considered an anti-consumer movement. Since Apple did not respond or change its techniques, an investigation began that ended with this fine and this block.
Something similar happened to Samsung when it also stopped including its cargo boxes, but when questioned, it started including them again, at least in Brazil.