The Brazilian government has fined Apple BRL 12.275 million (approximately Rs 18 crore) for allegedly not including a charger in the box with its iPhone models, while it was claimed that customers were provided with an unfinished product . A day before the Cupertino firm is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup – the alleged successor to its iPhone 13 lineup – Apple was also ordered to halt sales of iPhone units without chargers in the country, according to a report.
according to a report good By Reuters, Brazil’s Ministry of Justice has ordered Apple to stop selling iPhone 12 and newer models, as well as other iPhone models that do not come with an included charger. The ministry also said that the charger boycott was “deliberately discriminatory behavior against consumers”, and that the iPhone lacked an “essential” component.
According to the report, Apple was also fined BRL 12.275 million (about Rs 18 crore), citing the order published in the Official Gazette of Brazil.
The company stopped including chargers with the launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020, as the company says there are efforts to reduce carbon emissions. These arguments were reportedly rejected by the Ministry of Justice, which claimed that the exclusion of the charger did not provide any evidence of safety for the environment.
On Wednesday, Apple is expected to launch its alleged iPhone 14 series – which includes iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max. Models with the ‘Max’ suffix are said to come with a larger display than the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Apple is also expected to differentiate between the Pro and non-Pro models in terms of hardware with the launch of the iPhone 14 lineup this year.