Brazil Fines Apple, Ban Sales of iPhones Without Charger

Apple is facing a hefty fine by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice for the company’s decision to stop including a power adapter with the purchase of new iPhones. In addition to a fine of R$ 12.275 million (~$2.34 million), the Ministry of Justice ordered Apple to stop sales of all iPhone models that don’t include a power adapter.

But Apple Inc. plans to appeal the move by Brazil to ban the sale of iPhones without battery chargers, arguing that the company has helped reduce environmental waste by not including the accessory with new devices.

“At Apple, we consider our impact on people and the planet in everything we do,” the company said in an emailed statement.

“Power adapters represented our largest use of zinc and plastic and eliminating them from the box helped cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions — equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the road per year.”

If you can recall, Apple announced in 2020 that it would stop putting chargers in new iPhone boxes, drawing outcry from some consumers, who saw it as a cost-cutting move.

Regarding the fine, it won’t immediately go into effect, but if the Ministry verifies that Apple circumvented the sales ban it intends to enforce it.

Source in Portuguese | Via

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