Brazil seizes iPhones from stores over demands for free chargers

Brazil seizes iPhones from stores over demands for free chargers

Brazil seizes iPhones from stores over demands for free chargers

In September, Brazil’s Justice Ministry ordered the suspension of iPhone sales in the country after concluding that Apple is harming consumers by not offering the power adapter that comes with the device. Even after millions of dollars in fines, Apple still fails to comply – which has now led the federal district-based consumer protection regulator to seize iPhones from retail stores.

iPhones seized in Brazil for not having a charger included

As first reported by Techno blog, Procon-DF has seized “hundreds of iPhones in various stores in Brasilia”, the capital of Brazil. In an action called “Operation Discharge”, the regulator aims to force Apple to comply with local law requiring smartphones to be shipped with the 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 the charger included in the box. Although Apple stopped shipping the accessories for free with the iPhone 12, the company also updated the iPhone 11 with a new, more compact case without a charger.

After the iPhones were seized, Apple Brazil asked the government to allow the sale of the smartphone in the country until the final resolution of the dispute. The company told Techno blog that it continues to sell iPhones in Brazil despite the operation.

As noted by MacMagazine, Judge Diego Câmara Alves, who allowed the company to continue selling iPhones in Brazil until a final ruling, 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 various options for charging and connecting their devices.”

Apple is not so confident

Despite what the company says about being confident it will win the dispute, a recent corporate decision shows 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, the new Apple TV 4K in Brazil still comes with a USB-C cable included in the box. While the company is not saying the reasons why it made this decision, it seems pretty obvious that Apple wanted to avoid further fines from the Brazilian regulator amid the iPhone charger controversies.

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