in Brazil, Apple will have to pay more than $1,000 to a man, The power adapter is not included in the new iPhone.
Judge Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro decided that selling as separate products, the telephone and the power adapter, was an illegal business strategy. It is seen as forcing consumers to buy two different products, so that one can work (in this case, the phone).
Brazil’s consumer protection law served as support for the judge, concluding that this type of sale was abusive and illegal business practices, according to reports. Business Insider Spain.
Apple argued that every iPhone includes a USB-C to Lightning cable (the port on all iPhones), so third-party adapters can be used to charge the phone.
However, the judge rejected this defense, as he ensures that the cable will not work with other power adapters, except for the official Apple one.
Since the end of 2020, Apple has announced that it will stop including the adapter in the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The change came because the Cupertino company said that for environmental reasons, it would not be included in the new phones.
Removing the adapter from the iPhone 12 would have saved 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year, which is 10% of the company’s annual carbon footprint.
By 2021, the state itself had fined Apple $2 million for this measure. The government argued that the company could not demonstrate the environmental benefit, because it still manufactured the transformer and sold it separately anyway.
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