Apple’s decision not to include a charger for the iPhone 12 series has cost it US1.2 million. Brazil’s Procon-SP consumer protection agency has dished that fine on the smartphone maker.
While Apple has defended its decision, which is based on environmental grounds, the Brazllian agency is not buying it as it deems the move as a violation of the Consumer Defense Code.
It seems that the fine also covers alleged misleading water resistance claims with Apple refusing to repair its phones that are damaged by water while under guarantee.
It is not known if Apple will appeal the fine.
Samsung had faced a similar challenge with Procon-SP but circumvented the hot potato issue by bundling a free charger with Galaxy S21 pre-orders.