Gone are those days of friendship and glory when Apple sold you an iPhone with a bunch of built-in accessories. From a pair of headphones with stickers and a tray. No, things are a little different now.
It’s been a few years since the guys from Cupertino decided to launch the iPhone 12 without this essential part to provide the device’s battery.
At the time, the company argued that it was doing so as a move in eco-awareness to try to reduce the impact on the environment by generating this type of accessories.
At the same time, though, the company has started selling chargers separately, as a business alternative for consumers who want to invest even more after buying their Apple smartphone.
Obviously not many people were satisfied with this strategy and since then we have had some isolated episodes of people who have managed to take advantage of the legal resources available to complain to the company.
But now in Brazil something extraordinary has happened …
Apple had to give an iPhone charger and a thousand dollars to a plaintiff
According to a report by the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Apple has received a new fine for this policy of selling smartphones without an accessory that allows them to recharge.
All after local authorities reviewed a case concluded that the company had fallen into “abusive and illegal” practices.
This is marked by the decision issued by regional judge Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro of Goiás State. Who also ordered the company to pay the user compensation equivalent to USD $ 1,080.
The judge rejected the argument that the chargers are not sold as a measure to support the environment, emphasizing that the sale of chargers remains with Apple since it is essential for the use of the product.
In fact, this has established itself as a separate business where new alternatives to MagSafe wireless accessories have been added, making it a proprietary and less universal technology.
In its decree, authorities pointed out that the charger is an essential component for the iPhone, so its subtraction from sales packages of Apple’s products would violate local consumer protection laws.
With this precedent marked, at least in Brazil, the door is open for more cases to be presented under the same logic.