Apple gets another fine in Brazil, with local authorities suspending sales for iPhones shipped without an AC adapter in the accessory box.
According to information appearing in Brazil’s Federal Register, the Ministry of Justice has suspended the sale of all iPhone models that come without a power adapter in the accessory box. At the same time, the American company is fined the equivalent of $2.3 million for practices that are contrary to consumer interests. Brazilian consumers can now only buy phones older than the iPhone 12 generation.
The Brazilian authorities have decided to suspend the application of the fine imposed, as long as Apple complies immediately with requests to suspend the sale of the offending products and takes credible steps to bring them into compliance with local law.
In October 2021, the Ministry of Justice notified Apple and Samsung about the companies’ lack of clarity as to why the power adapter was removed from the package of smartphones sold. In May, the Brazilian government asked the consumer protection regulator to start administrative proceedings against Apple and Samsung.
With the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold 4 in Brazil, Samsung complied with requests from Brazilian authorities to include an AC adapter with the new smartphones. Instead, Apple continues to ignore this request, risking blocking the launch of the iPhone 14 in that country.