Brazilian authorities on Tuesday (local time) accused the company of “discriminatory practices” and demanded an immediate halt to the sale of iPhone-brand smartphones – regardless of model and generation – that are not equipped with a charger.
The Department of Justice and Public Safety ordered the California company to pay a fine of 12,28 million real (almost 2.4 million euros). The sale of all iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 smartphones has been banned. Apple plans to challenge the decision.
According to the Brazilian authorities, Apple said the decision to offer iPhones without a charger was made out of a “commitment to the environment”. However, Brazilian authorities argued that the company’s action “does not provide any effective evidence of environmental protection in Brazil”.
Apple stated: “We have already won numerous court cases on this issue in Brazil. We are sure that our customers are aware of the various ways in which our devices can be charged and connected.«
The decision from Brazil comes at a bad time for the technology group. After all, Apple invited to its corporate headquarters in Cupertino (US state of California) this Wednesday.
First major event since the outbreak of the pandemic
Apple will probably present a new iPhone generation there. New models of the Apple Watch computer clock and wireless Airpods earphones are also expected. It is Apple’s first major on-site novelty event since the beginning of the corona pandemic. In the past two years, the new iPhones have only been presented online.
According to media reports, at least the more expensive Pro versions of the alleged iPhone 13 should have improved cameras and displays that can be left on all the time. This would create new possibilities for widgets on the home screen that display up-to-date information – for example live scores at sporting events. According to information from the financial service Bloomberg, the section in the display for the selfie camera and face recognition function should also become smaller.
Editor’s note: In the The original version of this article talked about missing charging cables, but the big point of contention is missing power supplies. We have adjusted the positions.