The Brazilian state of São Paulo is not thrilled that Apple is leaving the charger out of the iPhone 12 box. Inclination and MacRumors report that consumer protection agency Procon-SP fined Apple nearly 10.55 million reais (approximately US $ 1.92 million) for removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12 family and the new production series of older iPhones. Apple’s decision was a violation of the country’s consumer defense code, according to the watchdog.
Procon-SP informed Apple of the alleged violation in December. Apple responded by reiterating its environmental angle, saying it would reduce CO2 emissions and the exploitation of rare earths. He noted that many customers already had spare chargers. However, the agency was clearly not satisfied with this response. In issuing the fine, Procon-SP executive director Fernando Capez told Apple he must obey Brazilian law.
The fine also covers allegedly misleading water resistance claims. Apple reportedly refused to repair iPhones that suffered water damage under warranty despite touting the devices’ ability to survive submersion for long periods of time.
We asked Apple for comment. The company can appeal the fine if it continues to oppose the decision.
The fine is relatively small and will not hamper Apple’s finances. However, Apple may have no choice but to offer a dealership if it wants to continue selling iPhones in Brazil. Other companies have also bowed to the pressure. Samsung has reached an agreement with Procon-SP to bundle a “gift” charger with Galaxy s21 pre-orders, for example. Brazil is one of the biggest phone markets in the world, and companies that defy the country’s rules risk losing many sales if they’re not careful.