A government has banned Apple from selling iPhones without a ‘major accessory’ in its country, claiming that the company currently provides an ‘incomplete’ product to customers.
In October 2020, Apple said it would stop including a battery charger – and headphones – with its iPhone devices across the globe ahead of the release of the iPhone 12, as part of its plan to protect the planet, reducing waste and carbon emissions.
According to MailOnline, the Brazilian government, however, says that the product is currently ‘not as advertised’.
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It has fined Apple $2.38 million and banned the sale of the iPhone 12 and other newer models.
The ruling was published in the the country’s official newspaper, Official Journal of the Union, who also demanded the company suspend the sale of Apple smartphones ‘regardless of model or generation, unaccompanied by the battery charger’.
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Brazil’s government said that the iPhone was lacking an ‘essential component’ in a ‘deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers’.
The Mail says Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, environmentalists were pleased by Apple’s decision to remove accessories from iPhone purchases.
Teresa Domenech of University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources told CNBC: “This could not only help to reduce waste but also would prevent upstream environmental impacts linked to the extraction of primary raw materials, manufacturing and distribution of products.”
The company argued that the phones do come with a lightning cable that functions with adapters that are sold by other mobile phone accessory makers.
The ruling comes a day before Apple launches its newest iPhone model.
In April, a Brazilian court of law ordered the company to pay a customer $1,081 as the company failed to include a charger with a purchase iPhone.
iPhones currently use Apple’s proprietary power connector technology called Lightning, while USB-C connectors are used with Android devices.
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