Starting with the iPhone 12, Apple stopped including charging bricks with its smartphones, citing environmental reasons as the cause. Unsurprisingly, this carried over to the iPhone 13, but unfortunately for Apple, they could be running into trouble in Brazil as the country’s consumer protection regulator has announced plans to investigate the company.
If this sounds familiar, it is because it was in 2020 that Apple was forced to include chargers for its iPhones in Brazil and earlier this year, they were fined $2 million. You would think that Apple would have anticipated this and would have included chargers for the iPhone 13, at least in Brazil, to avoid this issue, but apparently not.
Perhaps it could be cheaper for Apple to just pay the fine rather than include chargers, plus with customers being “forced” to buy chargers, they’d probably recoup that fine in no time.
Speaking to TechTudo, who first reported the issue, Procon-SP’s executive director Fernando Capez stressed that it was illegal to sell a phone and charger separately as it makes customers obligated to buy two products. He also states that even though Apple claims they informed customers that the iPhone 13 would lack a charger in the box, it’s not enough.
Capez has also stated that he is now exploring the possibility of a class action lawsuit to help customers who feel that they should have been given a charger for free.