Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) refuted accusations that it sells consumers a defective product on Tuesday by announcing it would appeal a Brazilian ruling prohibiting it from selling iPhones without a battery charger.
Apple was fined 12.275 million reais ($2.38 million) by the Justice Ministry, and the corporation was also told to stop selling the iPhone 12 and any subsequent models, as well as any iPhone models that don’t have a charger.
The ministry said that the absence of a vital component in the iPhone constituted a “deliberate discriminatory practice against consumers.” in the decision, which was published on Tuesday in the nation’s official gazette.
According to the authorities, there is no proof that selling the smartphone without a charger improves environmental protections, and they dismissed Apple’s claim that the action was taken to reduce carbon emissions.
Apple declared that it will appeal the ruling and that it would keep collaborating with the Senacon consumer protection organisation in Brazil to “resolve their issues.”
“We have already won several court rulings in Brazil on this matter and we are confident that our customers are aware of the various options for charging and connecting their devices,” Apple said. The purchase was made the day before Apple is anticipated to reveal its newest iPhone model.