Apple Inc. participated in the “harmful and illegal” behavior by selling new iPhones without power adapters, according to a Brazilian judge. In an April 12 ruling, Vanderlei regional judge Caires Pinheiro of Goias state in central Brazil ordered the company to compensate a customer who was fined 5,000 reais ($ 1,080).
In his ruling posted on a legal website, the judge said that the adapter was essential for the normal functioning of the iPhone, finding that the manufacturer was violating local user rules by removing it from the boxes. The decision could prove costly for the company if it is forced to compensate more Brazilian customers, or start with accessories in products sold locally.
Apple declined to comment, in response to an email sent to its publishing office. The company did not include headphones or charging adapters when it launched the new size of iPhones in 2020, saying this would be better for the region. Pinheiro rejects this argument. Apple Expands Use of Recycled Products Across Products
“The claim that such a measure seeks to mitigate the effects of environmental issues is futile because the defendant continues to make such an important accessory, but now sells it separately,” the judge said. It also rejects Apple’s claim that the USB-C cable is not compatible with its products and can be used with power adapters from other manufacturers. The device has a different design and cannot be used with any USB port, he said.