Brazilian watchdog begins seizing Apple iPhones from retail stores over shipper ruling- Technology News, Firstpost

Two months ago, Brazil’s Ministry of Justice ordered the suspension of Apple’s iPhone sales in the country for not including chargers with every purchase and forcing its customers to purchase the chargers separately. Brazil even fined Apple millions of dollars twice and ordered the tech giant to start shipping iPhones with chargers in the country, if they wanted to sell their devices. This ruling was made just as Apple started shipping its latest iPhone 14 series.

A Brazilian watchdog has begun confiscating iPhones from retail stores because of the shipper's ruling

Brazil’s Ministry of Justice had previously ordered Apple to sell iPhones with a charger and to stop selling iPhones until compliance. Apple appealed the ruling and continued to sell the iPhones, believing that since the order was under appeal, they could continue to sell the iPhones.

Apple appealed the decision, thinking they could continue selling iPhones because the matter was being considered. The Federal District Consumer Protection Regulator decided to seize iPhones from carriers and Apple Premium resellers in a process called offloading.

As Brazilian Tecnoblog discovered, PROCON-DF forces Apple to comply with a local law that requires smartphones to be shipped with the charger in the box.

After the operation, Apple Brazil asked the government to continue to allow iPhone sales until the most recent dispute, in which Apple said it would continue to sell iPhones in Brazil. This is the first time that a Brazilian watchdog has confiscated iPhones.

Previously, in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, PROCON-SP Apple fined for not having the charger in the iPhone boxalthough it did not confiscate any model being sold.

Apple said it was confident it would win the legal dispute and that customers are “aware of the different options for charging and connecting their devices”. Apple still says removing the charger is part of its goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Additionally, since the FCC-like Brazilian agency has approved all iPhone models since the iPhone 12 without the charger, the company is technically not breaking any rule.

However, it’s interesting to note that while Apple removed the USB-C cable to charge the Siri Remote for the new Apple TV 4K in the US, Brazil’s offer still contains the cable as Apple is likely trying to avoid further trouble with the local authority.

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