Apple’s decision to remove the charger from the packaging of iPhones has sparked fierce controversy in 2020. Apple insists it’s doing so for the environment, the decision having an impact equivalent to nearly 450,000 cars off the road each year. .
Even so, Apple’s argument still fails to convince some users and regulators. In the latest move, a judge in Brazil forced Apple to pay customers nearly $ 1,075 for not selling a charger.
According to the news site Tecmundo, according to Article 39 of the Consumer Code (CDC), “tie sale” is an abusive practice and is prohibited in Brazil, so it is prohibited to sell mobile phones and chargers separately. . As a result, Apple was convicted after selling an iPhone and charging it separately to a customer in the city of Goiânia. Judge Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro of the 6th Civil Court ordered Apple to pay $5,000 (more than $1,000).
In 2021, Brazil fined Apple $2 million for violating consumer laws and disrespecting Brazilian customers. Consumer organization Procon-SP asserts that the charger is an “essential part” of the smartphone experience. By not selling the charger, Apple violates the Brazilian Consumer Protection Code. Apple argues many customers already have chargers at home, not to mention the environmental benefits of removing the charger and significantly reducing the iPhone packaging area.