Apple’s decision to take the power adapter out of the box of its phones, starting with the iPhone 12, was a lot of debate at first. However, as with other developments at Apple, there are also consumer lawsuits in several countries. One of them was in Brazil and the court ruled.
A court in Brazil fined the Cupertino-based company approximately $ 1.9 million. This decision not only pertains to unpacking the charger, but also to other unfair practices that consumer protection agency Procon-SP blamed on the company.
Procon-SP’s high-profile battle with Apple dates back to last October, when Apple unpacked its power adapters from their new smartphones. The organization asked Apple to explain why they took the chargers out of the cases after removing the earbuds. However, the company’s environmental reasons were inconsistent with Procon-SP, which was fined 10,500,000 BRL, approximately $ 1.9 million.
Currently, Apple isn’t the only smartphone maker to take power adapters out of the box, but others have found ways to get around the penalties. In the news on this topic, he says that Xiaomi offers Mi 11 buyers the opportunity to buy a charger at no additional cost. In the meantime, Samsung offered the charger for free during the pre-order promotion period, which was surprisingly good for consumers.
The penalty from Procon-SP does not only cover the situation with the power adapter. This fine has been imposed for several anti-consumer apps that Apple has been blamed for, including promotions for the waterproof feature, iOS update issues, and non-compliance with Brazilian warranty laws for products purchased abroad. The Brazilian official says Apple has not answered the questions asked and wanted them to overcome the penalty.
Still, this is not the end of the story for Apple. The company can appeal the fine or appeal the decision. Since the fine covers a wide variety of issues, it seems clear to Apple to cut this amount further.