Apple has also been accused of misleading advertising, selling defective products, and unfair contract terms.
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22 March 2021
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Apple has been fined $ 2 million in Brazil for selling iPhones without a charger.
As well as imposing hefty fines (10,546,442.48 Brazilian rials), São Paulo-based consumer protection foundation Procon on Friday also accused Apple of misleading advertising, selling defective products, maintaining unfair contract terms, and not repairing products that were still in service. warranty.
“Apple needs to understand that in Brazil there are strong laws and institutions for consumer protection,” said Procon executive director Fernando Capez in a statement. “He needs to respect these laws and institutions.” Cupertino did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
That iPhone 12 launched last year with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable, but no power adapter or earbuds as usual. According to Apple, excluding power adapters reduces the size of the box, allowing it to ship more at once. Smaller packaging also helps reduce annual carbon emissions.
When Procon was reported contacted Cupertino last year, asking for clarification, the company “never offered a convincing explanation,” based on Brazilian news site Tilt. Apple can still appeal the decision, ask Procon to re-evaluate it, or fight it in court.
20W official USB-C The charger is currently being sold separately by Apple for 219 Brazilian rials ($ 40). However, it is inconceivable that companies can ship products together. France, for example, insists that every cell phone includes some form of hands-free kit or headset in an effort to protect children under the age of 14 from exposure to electromagnetic waves. A criminal fine of 75,000 euros ($ 89,000) is sufficient convinced Apple to ship the hardware with EarPods and a Lightning-to-USB-C cable.