In Brazil, a historic decision has just been taken in favor of pro-Apples who are ruining themselves (even more) for iPhone chargers. Last week, a court was held in the city of Goiania to judge whether or not a customer of the Apple brand deserved compensation for buying an iPhone without a charger.
Verdict: the Cupertino company was convicted of violating consumer protection law. And the sentence is as follows: Apple must pay the sum of 1,064 dollars (5,000 Brazilian reals) to the customer, reports AppleInsider.
According to the Brazilian Consumer Protection Code (CDC), devices like smartphones must be sold with a charger. They can be sold separately only if the purchase of this charger is not mandatory to operate the laptop.
“It’s married selling [stratégie comportant une vente et une option de vente, ndlr] by concealment”sentenced Judge Pinheiro, “an abusive and illegal commercial practice, infringing the provisions of the Consumer Protection Code.”
Apple defended itself during the lawsuit by arguing that users do not have to buy an additional Lightning charger, since iPhones are already sold with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Before specifying that this choice to no longer sell a charger with the smartphone depended on a real ecological conviction – we have since known that it is also of an economic nature.
The argument was not considered sufficient by the judge, who hammered that it was nevertheless impossible to use the cable supplied with the device with other chargers. Apple is also regularly sanctioned by the Brazilian government; in March 2021, the firm had to pay a fine of… 1.9 million dollars.
In Europe, the European Commission has also recently decided that all manufacturers will have to migrate to a universal standard… including Apple. The company therefore has a little less than two years to replace the Lightning.
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