iPhones seized from stores in Brazil

Brazil’s Justice Ministry ordered a suspension of iPhone sales in the country in September after concluding that Apple is harming consumers by not including the charger in the sales package: even after fines of millions of dollarsApple is still not complying with the mandate, so much so that the consumer protection regulator based in the Federal District has now called for the seizure of iPhones from retail stores in Brazil.

The guarantor signed Procon-DF has seized “hundreds of iPhones in various retail stores in Brasilia”, the capital of Brazil, as reported by Tecnoblog: in an action dubbed “Operation Discharge”, the regulator aims to force Apple to abide by the law local which requires smartphones to be sold with the charger included in the package.

According to the report, the iPhones were seized from carrier stores and Apple authorized resellers. The regulator has ordered a ban on the sale of any iPhone model that doesn’t have the charger included in the box. While Apple stopped including the accessory for free in the box starting with the iPhone 12, the company also updated the iPhone 11 with a new, more compact box without the charger.

After the iPhones were seized, Apple Brazil asked the government to allow the smartphone sales in the country until the settlement of the dispute. The company has told Tecnoblog that it will continue to sell iPhones in Brazil despite the deal.

How noticed from MacMagazine, Judge Diego Câmara Alves, who allowed the company to continue selling iPhones in Brazil until the final ruling, believes the company is not violating any consumer rights. The judge also argues that the Brazilian regulator is “abusing its power” with the seizure decision. Apple says it is confident it will win the legal dispute and that customers “are aware of the various options for charging and connecting their devices.”

Interestingly, in Brazil, the new Apple TV 4K still comes with a USB-C cable included in the box. While the company doesn’t say its reasons for making this decision, it seems pretty obvious that Apple wanted to avoid further fines from the Brazilian regulator right in the midst of the iPhone charger controversy.

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iPhones seized from stores in Brazil