Selling an iPhone without rechargeable bulbs, Apple was fined by Brazil 2 million USD

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2021-03-22 20:34:29

According to a report from 9to5Mac, the consumer protection agency of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced a fine of $ 2 million for Apple for removing the charger in the iPhone 12 case. has engaged in “false advertising, selling devices without chargers and unreasonable terms.”

In October, Apple said, iPhone 12 and many other iPhone models will be sold without chargers and headphones in the box, due to environmental concerns. By bundling only a USB-C to Lightning cable in the case of the iPhone 12 and other iPhones, Apple says it will help reduce the amount of material associated with each iPhone it sells as well as reduce the size of the case.

Critics say this change will only help Apple reduce shipping costs and increase sales of accessories, while environmental experts say its impact on the environment is very limited.

Procon said they asked Apple to prove whether the company removed the charger would lower the cost and received no response from the company.

The agency also accused the company of failing to help customers with iPhones damaged by not being water-resistant like ads, and “having problems with some functionality” due to iPhone updates. In addition, Procon-SP also claims that Apple’s contract terms help prevent the company from being held accountable when its devices fail. A spokesperson for the agency said that Apple “needs to respect these laws and agencies.”

However, this penalty will not cause any problems for Apple, which has $ 111.4 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021 (this is also the time when the iPhone 12 is opened for sale during the holiday shopping).

Refer to The Verge


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