Latest news coming in from Brazilian news agencies has revealed that the consumer protection agency in Brazil’s state of São Paulo has fined US manufacturers, Apple, $2 million for not including chargers inside of iPhone 12 boxes, as revealed to us by 9to5 Mac. Procon-SP says Apple engaged in “misleading advertising, by selling a device without the charger and unfair terms.”
Back in October last year, Apple announced that the iPhone 12 will not come with chargers or earbuds in the boxes because they wanted take in to consideration environmental concerns. By only including a USB-C to Lightning cable with iPhone 12 and other new models, Apple said they would be able to reduce raw materials used in manufacturing each iPhone they sell. The company also reduced the size of their phone boxes for the same reason. Critics suggested the change had more to do with allowing Apple to reduce their business costs, and environmental experts said the impact on the environment would be little to non.
Procon also revealed that they had asked the US giants whether the company would reduce the iPhone 12’s price as well, given the fact that they were not giving including any chargers with the smartphone, but as one would expect, they received no response whatsoever. The agency has also accused the company of failing to help customers who faced “problems with some functions” on the iPhones after recent updates. A spokesman working for the agency said that Apple “needs to respect these laws and these institutions.”
The fine itself does not seem like it would be cause any trouble for Apple, who recently reported a whopping $111.4 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021 (that total includes 2020 holiday sales of iPhone 12 models). Apple are yet to comment on this matter, but we will keep you updated regarding any news pertaining to this fine.