Brazil blocks iPhone sales until Apple brings back the charger

iPhone 13 Pro models on display in an Apple Store
iPhone 13 Pro models on display in an Apple Store (Image credit: Apple)

Brazil really wants that charger in the box.

As reported by Reuters, the country has ordered that Apple halt sales of the iPhone until the company provides a charger to customers who purchase its phone. Apple originally removed the charging brick from iPhones when it released the iPhone 12 in 2020.

The Justice Ministry fined Apple 12.275 million reais ($2.38 million) and ordered the cancellation of the sale of the iPhone 12 and newer models, in addition to suspending the sale of any iPhone model that does not come with a power charger. In the order, published in the country's official gazette, the ministry argued that the iPhone was lacking a essential component in a "deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers".

Apple is appealing the decision

It didn't take long for Apple to start fighting back against the decision. In a statement emailed out to outlets like Bloomberg, the company said that it will be appealing the decision and working with SENACON, Brazil’s consumer protection agency, to “address their concerns."

The company, as it has been arguing since it removed the power brick from iPhone boxes two years ago, says that the removal of the power adapter is an environmental move rather than a monetary one. The company says that the removal of the power adapter has already cut more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

You can read Apple's statement below.

"At Apple, we consider our impact on people and the planet in everything we do,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Power adapters represented our largest use of zinc and plastic and eliminating them from the box helped cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions -- equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the road per year. We’ve already won a number of court decisions in Brazil on this topic and are confident our customers are aware of the various options to charge and connect their devices."

The move from Brazil comes a day before Apple's "Far Out" event where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Apple is also expected to reveal the Apple Watch Series 8, the second generation of the Apple Watch SE, the Apple Watch Pro, and the AirPods Pro 2.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.