Last update: 06 September 2022, 19:27 IST
SAO PAULO: The Brazilian government on Tuesday ordered Apple Inc to stop selling iPhones without battery chargers in the country, saying the company is providing an incomplete product to consumers.
The Ministry of Justice fined Apple 12.275 million reais ($2.38 million) and ordered the cancellation of the sale of the iPhone 12 and newer models, in addition to suspending the sale of any iPhone model that does not come with a power charger.
In the order, published in the country’s official gazette, the ministry argued that the iPhone lacked an essential element in a “deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers”.
Authorities dismissed Apple’s argument that the practice was intended to reduce carbon emissions, saying there was no evidence of environmental protection by selling the smartphone without a charger.
The order comes a day before Apple Inc launches its new model in the country.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
($1 = 5.1548 reais)
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