The judge ordered Apple to pay $ 1,000 for not including the power adapter in the iPhone purchase.
He decided that the company would have customers buy two products, one to be fully functional.
Apple said the cable provided could be used with non-Apple adapters, but the judge refused.
A Brazilian judge ordered Apple to pay consumers R $ 5,000 ($ 1,081) for not including the power adapter in the sale of the new iPhone.
Judge Vanderlei Caires Pinheiro of the Goiania City Civil Court ruled this practice as a “tie sale.” Court documents seen by insiders.
The judge said Apple “mandated consumers to buy a second product of exclusive manufacture,” calling it “abuse and illegal business practices.”
According to court documents, Apple said in its defense that each iPhone comes with a USB-C-Lightning cable, and consumers can use a power adapter that can be purchased from other companies to charge their phones.
However, the judge dismissed the claim, stating that the cable wouldn’t work with a wall adapter where Apple’s charger doesn’t have a specially designed USB-C port.
He also said Apple has stopped offering power adapters due to environmental concerns and a shortage of accessories. Pinheiro said Apple still manufactures power adapters and sells them separately.
“In all evidence, the defendant continues to manufacture such essential accessories, but now sells them separately, so aiming for such measures to reduce the environmental impact. Is not appropriate, “Pineiro said.
Apple first announced that it will stop offering 2020 iPhone 12 Power Adapter, The Brazilian government said it turned out to be abusive. In 2021, Apple fined the practice $ 2 million and said the tech giant couldn’t demonstrate the “environmental benefits” it was advertising. According to Brazil Outlet G1.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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