Brand new iPhones have been seized from Apple stores in Brazil as a result of the government’s new ruling.
iPhones don’t come with a built-in charger since 2020, and the decision has annoyed many around the world, including the Brazilian government. After handing out several fines to the Cupertino company, the government has now taken a step forward and seized hundreds of iPhones from Apple stores and resellers. The idea behind the seizure is to prevent Apple from selling these iPhones without the charger in the box. Apple has applied to the government for permission to sell the units.
The government has reportedly picked up units of new iPhones from various Apple stores and resellers. These iPhone units come without the charger in the box, an idea that has been objected to by the Brazilian government since the launch of the iPhone 12 in 2020. According to local authorities, not selling a charger in the box means Apple has an incomplete Product. The charger is a necessity for the iPhone to work.
iPhone seized from Brazilian stores
The 9To5Mac report says the country took this action as part of the Operation Discharge movement. On the other hand, Apple has asked the Brazilian authorities to allow them to sell those units until a new ruling is issued. Prior to this, it was decided that Apple should provide the charging adapter in the box.
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Apple has skipped the charging adapter with iPhones since 2020, when Apple announced the iPhone 12. At the time, Apple said this move could help the company reduce carbon emissions and save precious resources from around the world. It would also contribute less to the e-waste generation problem.
Since then, Apple has skipped the charger in all iPhone models. The current generation iPhone 14 series and the iPhone SE 3 do not come with the charger in the box. Apple sells the 20W wired charger as an add-on, if customers want it.
Brazilian authorities have argued that failure to send the supplied charger means that Apple is selling an incomplete product. For someone who is new to the iPhone, he needs to charge the phone and without a charger, that is not possible.
Note that Apple continues to provide the charger with its iPad and Mac products. Apple is also under scrutiny for using the old Lightning port on its iPhones, and the EU is mandating the presence of USB-C ports on all smartphones and mobile devices.