Brazil consumers’ watchdog slaps Apple with $2 million penalty for selling IPhone 12 without charger

BRASILIA: Amid the violation of the consumer defense code in the South American country, the consumer protection agency slapped Apple with a whopping $2 million penalty for selling its latest top-of-line Smartphone without a charger.

The agency, aimed to deal with fraudulent business practices, in countrys’ São Paulo has imposed the globally admired technology giant for failing to include chargers which are misleading advertising as equivalent to unfair terms. A 20-watt charger for iPhone currently sold separately by Apple for around $40.

Besides imposing the penalty, the consumer protection foundation in the Southeast Region of Brazil also accused Apple of selling defective devices and not repairing or changing the gadgets which come under warranty.

On the other hand, the U.S based leading smartphone maker has not made any official response about the penalty. It has an option to launch an appeal against the decision.

Last year, Apple has announced not to include the chargers and headphones from the box since the launch of the latest flagship device. The tech giant cited environmental causes as smaller packaging helps reduce annual carbon emissions.

It is to be noted here that the fine of $2 Million will not trouble Apple for sure, as the company earned $111.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

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