Brazil’s Justice Ministry in September ordered the suspension of iPhone sales in the country after concluding that Apple harms consumers by not providing the power adapter included with the device. Even after millions of dollars in fines, Apple still fails to comply with the demand — which has now prompted the Federal District-based consumer protection regulator to seize iPhones from retail stores.
iPhones seized in Brazil for not having chargers included
As originally reported by Tecnoblog, Procon-DF has seized “hundreds of iPhones at various retail stores in Brasilia,” the capital of Brazil. In a move called Operation Discharge, the regulator aims to force Apple to comply with a local law that requires smartphones to be shipped with a charger included in the box.
According to the report, the iPhones were seized from carrier stores and authorized Apple resellers. The regulator has ordered a ban on any iPhone model that lacks a charger included in the box. Although Apple stopped sending free accessories with the iPhone 12, the company also updated the iPhone 11 with a new, more compact case without a charger.
After seizing the iPhones, Apple Brazil asked the government to allow smartphone sales in the country pending a final resolution of the dispute. the company said Tecnoblog that it continues to sell iPhones in Brazil despite the operation.
As noted by MacMagazineJudge Diego Câmara Alves, who allowed the company to continue selling the iPhone in Brazil pending a final decision, believes the company is not violating any consumer rights. The judge also claims that the Brazilian regulator is “abusing its power” with such a decision. Apple says it is confident it will win the legal dispute and that customers “are aware of the different options for charging and connecting their devices.”
Apple isn’t so sure
Despite what the company says it is confident of winning the dispute, a recent decision by the company suggests otherwise. With the recently released new generation Apple TV, which comes with an updated version of the Siri Remote with USB-C instead of Lightning, the company has stopped shipping the product with a charging cable included in the box.
Interestingly, in Brazil, the new Apple TV 4K still comes with a USB-C cable included in the box. While the company doesn’t say why it made this decision, it seems pretty clear that Apple wanted to avoid further fines from the Brazilian regulator amid the iPhone charger controversy.
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