Apple Could Be Forced to Include a Charger with Every iPhone Sold in Brazil

Apple will be required to include a power adapter with every iPhone sold in São Paulo, Brazil, the state's consumer protection agency has declared.

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The public agency Procon-SP contacted Apple in October and asked the company to explain why it was no longer providing charging accessories with its new iPhones.

Apple responded by touting the environmental benefits of no longer including a power adapter with iPhones, noting that many users already have spare chargers, plus the move reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of rare-earth elements.

However, in a press release on Wednesday, the Procon-SP said that a power adapter was an "essential part" for the use of the product, and selling the ‌iPhone‌ without it is against the Brazilian Consumer Defense Code.

Moreover, the agency said that Apple had not sufficiently demonstrated evidence of the environmental benefits of removing the charger from the box, and failed to make it clear in marketing materials that one is no longer included. Apple's conduct will now be reviewed by the agency's supervisory board and this may result in a fine.

Although the decision is exclusive to the state of São Paulo, Brazil's federal government is also said to be looking at forcing Apple to sell the iPhones with the power adapter included in the box nationwide.

Apple faced a similar situation in France this year, where it is required to include EarPods in the box of every ‌iPhone‌ due to legal obligations.

The inclusion of earphones there is due to national legislation that requires all smartphones to include a "handsfree kit" to protect children under 14 from the potential risk of electromagnetic radio waves.

As was rumored before Apple officially unveiled the ‌‌iPhone‌ 12‌, all four models ship without EarPods or a power adapter in the box in other countries around the world. In addition, the ‌iPhone‌ 11, ‌iPhone‌ XR, and iPhone SE no longer include these accessories either.

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Top Rated Comments

Raekon Avatar
46 months ago
Great, wish they were forced to do the same in every country
Score: 75 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PortoMavericks Avatar
46 months ago
Explaining the key decision here, Procon argued that, if you fry your iPhone with a fake charger or a different brand, Apple will deny service.

if they’re denying service it means that they’ll only cover services under warranty if an Apple charger was in use when your iPhone died. So it means you’ll be forced to buy an Apple charger that’s not included, which is characterized as some sort of tie-in sale, a illegal activity in Brazil.

Not to mention that they’re forced by the consumers law to inform in every piece of marketing material that the iPhone had a reduction in accessories included. I think in this part you can exclude those new models but all the older models had those accessories removed too.
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmoliv Avatar
46 months ago
Apple should be forced to disclose how much they made in chargers sales this year.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
46 months ago
Apple can be forced to add a charger. Apple cannot be forced to add a free charger.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Prince Akeem Avatar
46 months ago

Apple can be forced to add a charger. Apple cannot be forced to add a free charger.
It's not free, you still pay for not getting a charger. If you buy a separate one, you now pay double, as the prices of iPhones have not been lowered by the amount of the charger. It's amazing that a lot of people actually fall for Apple's PR excuse to exclude chargers, I have to admit it was brilliant marketing.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jeffkoontz Avatar
46 months ago
Increase the price $20 and add a configuration option of "remove charger" for -$20.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)