Brazil regulator fines Apple $2 million for not including chargers with iPhone 12
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Brazil regulator fines Apple $2 million for not including chargers with iPhone 12

Procon-SP says Apple participated in”misleading advertisements, selling a device without the charger and unfair terms.”

Apple declared in October that the iPhone 12 and wouldn’t include chargers or earbuds in their boxes, citing environmental concerns. By just including a USB-C into Lightning cable using iPhone 12 and other new versions, Apple said it would have the ability to reduce the raw materials for each iPhone it sells, in addition to decreasing the size of their phones’ boxes. Critics suggested the change had to do with enabling Apple to decrease transport costs, and environmental specialists said the effect on the environment will probably be minimal.

Procon stated it asked Apple whether the corporation could reduce the iPhone 12’s price since there were no chargers included, and did not receive a response. The agency also accused the company of failing to assist customers who had”problems with a few functions” in their iPhones following updates. A spokesman for the bureau said Apple”needs to respect these laws and these associations.”

The fine does not seem like it’d be particularly troubling for Apple, which had $111.4 billion in earnings in the first quarter of 2021 (that overall comprises 2020 vacation sales of iPhone 12 models).

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