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Apple Reportedly Fined $19M for Not Including Chargers With iPhones

A Brazilian court rules the company must include chargers with new phones, a report says.

iPhone 14 family
The iPhone 14 lineup was released last month.
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Apple has reportedly been fined 100 million reais ($19 million) by a Brazilian court for not including chargers in new iPhones sold in the country. All iPhones sold in Brazil must come with a charger included in the box, the court ruled, according to a Reuters report Thursday. 

The fine is a result of Apple appealing a Brazilian order banning it from selling iPhones without a charger in September, when it was originally fined 12.275 million reais ($2.38 million) by the Brazilian Justice Ministry, Reuters reported at the time. Apple reportedly argued it wasn't including the chargers in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Apple began not including earbuds and a power adapter with the iPhone 12 release in 2020 -- except in France, where it must comply with radiation laws -- in an effort to cut down on waste and move toward a carbon-neutral supply chain.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.