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Brazilian regulator seizes iPhones from retail stores for not including chargers in box


iPhone 13 Pro
Apple can continue selling iPhones in Brazil for now.
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Brazilian authorities seized “hundreds of iPhones” across retail stores in the country on November 11. The phones were confiscated because Apple was selling them without a bundled power adapter.

Apple has already been granted an injunction against the seizure by a Brazilian court. So, the company can continue selling iPhones until Brazil’s regulatory body takes a final decision.

Brazil fines Apple again for selling iPhones without charger


Apple plans to appeal the decision.
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A Brazilian court fined Apple a second time for not bundling chargers with the iPhones it sells in the country. The court imposed a fine of 100 million reals ($19 million).

The Brazilian association of borrowers, consumers and taxpayers filed the lawsuit in the Sao Paulo state court.

Brazil orders Apple to stop selling iPhones without a charger in the box


In some lighting, the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro looks OK. In others, not so much.
Brazil bans sale of iPhones without a bundled power adapter.
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Brazil’s Justice Ministry has ordered Apple to stop selling iPhones without a power adapter in the box in the country. Additionally, it fined the company R$ 12.275 million (US$2.35 million).

The sales ban extends to all iPhones available in the country, including iPhone 12 and newer models.

Apple could have to package power adapters with iPhone 12 in Brazil


iPhone 12 box
Removing accessories let Apple shrink down the iPhone 12 box.
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Apple made the bold decision to stop packaging its new iPhones with a power adapter and EarPods this year. But while you might think Apple’s within its rights to control the accessories that its handsets come with, not everyone agrees.

In Brazil, the state of São Paulo has reportedly decreed that doing so is a violation of consumer rights. The announcement was made by Procon-SP, a public consumer protection agency in São Paulo.

Brazil’s Supreme Court will decide whether Apple gets to keep using iPhone name


iPhone with gavel.
The case has been raging on for years.
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The Brazilian Supreme Court will hear a case determining whether or not Apple can use the iPhone trademark in Brazil. The trademark was already owned by telecommunications firm IGB Eletronica.

The battle between the two companies has been going on for years. Even worse, in 2012 the Brazilian company created a lineup of Android smartphones called “iPhone.”

Everything you need to know about Apple’s Q4 2018 earnings call


Apple is worth more than the entire US energy sector combined
Apple is worth more than the entire US energy sector combined
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Apple just had its best September quarter of all-time and CEO Tim Cook couldn’t have sounded happier when he got on the phone with investors today. The company is heading into the holiday season with its best lineup ever and expects to set more records next quarter.

Investors did not seem to be too impressed with the results though. Apple’s stock price dropped from $222.22 to as low as $206 in after-hours training. Despite Wall Street’s worries about Apple, there was plenty of achievements for Tim Cook and Luca Maestri to boast about on today’s call.

There were the biggest revelations from today’s call:

Olá! Apple Pay goes live in Brazil


Apple Pay iPhone
Yet another reason to use Apple Pay.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Brazil has become the first South American country to get Apple Pay support.

Users can sign up for the service today by registering their Itaú Unibanco, MasterCard, or Visa credit and debit cards in the Wallet app.

iPhone X goes to Carnaval in latest Apple ad


iPhone X
The iPhone X is ready to party in Apple's new commercial.
Photo: Apple

Apple has come out with a colorful new ad for the iPhone X that shows off the device’s amazing selfie camera at one of the most craziest parties in the world: Carnaval in Brazil.

The new ad is part of Apple’s push to make more regional ads. Apple made a similar ad for Carnaval last year that focused on Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Watch the fun new ad:

iPhone throttling lands Apple in hot water with Brazilian authorities


iPhone battery
Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
Photo: iFixit

Apple is in trouble with Brazilian authorities for throttling the performance of older iPhones.

A state agency dedicated to tackling consumer issues has demanded that Apple explains to customers how they can obtain cheap battery replacements. Company employees have reportedly refused to sign the notification.

Apple Pay could arrive in Brazil next


Apple in talks to bring Apple Pay to Israel
Brazil would bring the number of supported Apple Pay markets around the world to 26.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay could be about to launch in Brazil, based on sources familiar with the matter, and terms and conditions issued by one of the country’s major banks.

Users of iOS devices who attempt to add a Visa Platinum Personnalité card from Itaú Unibanco to their Apple Wallet receive a service agreement concerning the use of the card in a digital wallet. Previously, attempts to add this card resulted in a message saying that it was not supported — which is still the case for other bank cards in the country.