Apple has ordered to pay a BRL 100 million fine in Brazil and must sell iPhone models with a charging driver

Apple has ordered to pay a BRL 100 million fine in Brazil and must sell iPhone models with a chargin ...

Apple was fined 100 million euros by a Brazilian court on Thursday and ruled that battery chargers must come with new iPhone models sold in the country. Apple has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that it is exploiting abusive practices by selling its flagship product without a charger. Apple has said that it will appeal the decision.

Previously, the technology company claimed that the practice had the aim of reducing carbon emissions.

"It''s evident that, under the direction of a "green initiative," the defendant imposes on the consumer a requirement for the purchase of charger adaptors previously supplied with the product," said the court''s decision.

Last month, the Brazilian government fined BRL 12.275 million (roughly Rs. 18 crore) for failing to include a charger in the box with its iPhone models, claiming that customers were provided with an incomplete product. Apple was also ordered to stop the sales of iPhone units without adding chargers in the country.

At the time, the Justice Ministry of Brazil had ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 and newer models, along with other iPhone models that do not come with an included charger. The ministry had also stated that the exclusion of the charger "deliberate discriminatory practices against consumers" and that the iPhone was lacking an "essential." component.

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Apple discontinued the inclusion of chargers with the introduction of the iPhone 12 in 2020, as part of its claim that it is attempting to reduce carbon emissions. These arguments have been reportedly rejected by the Justice Ministry, which claimed that there was no evidence of protection for the environment from the inclusion of a charger.