Apple is in hot water in Brazil once again over iPhone chargers. A Brazilian court penalized Apple 100 million reais ($19 million) for failing to include a charger with iPhones sold in Brazil, according to Reuters.
While Apple claims that shipping iPhones without chargers are to reduce carbon emissions, the Brazilian court claims that the company “imposes on the consumer a required buy of charger adaptors that were previously supplied with the product.”
According to the court’s decision, Apple must also include chargers with new iPhones sold in Brazil, though Apple has stated that it will appeal the decision.
A Brazilian court mandated Apple to stop iPhone sales in the country in September for the same reason and imposed a $2.3 million fine.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, which went on pre-order in Brazil last week, will ship without a charger for the time being.
This entire situation could have been avoided if Apple had switched to USB-C on its iPhones (rather than the proprietary Lightning port), which Brazil and the European Union (among other regions) have been advocating for some time. It hasn’t happened with the iPhone 14 line of devices, but reports suggest that Apple is at least thinking about doing so in time for the iPhone 15 launch next year.