Brazil: Apple will pay $2 million Fine for not including charger in iPhone 12 box
Apple will pay a $2 million fine for not giving a charger to its iPhone 12 series and this is a major setback for the Apple company. Procon-SP, the Brazilian consumer protection regulator based in São Paulo state has fined Apple on March 19, 2021.
The fine is approx $2 million (R$ 10,5 million) “for misleading advertising, according to consumer protection the company has sold its devices (iPhone 12 series) without the charger and its an unfair according to the term. The users have must need the charger under the smartphone and the company will provide the charger without any cost. This is not the first time Procon-SP questioned Apple about its new policy.
In the month of October last year, Apple came under the scanner the consumer protection regulator questioned the company about it and in November 2020, the agency has said that Apple has did not shown the demonstrate environmental gain.
Now, the iPhone 12 series has launched without the charger, when the Procon says that Apple maker for the price of iPhone 12 with charger or without charger difference then the company has didn’t responded. According to that, if the company has reduced the number of chargers produced then the price of the iPhone should be lower while the cost of the charger should be reduced.
Moreover, the iPhone 12 mini costs $729 in the U.S and the company has launched the same iPhone in brazil with a cost of around $1,200. There is a huge difference in the price of the iPhone 12 mini in both countries. When Apple has launched the iPhone 11 in 2019, the device has launched at $799 in the US while Brazil users have purchased this device for around $1,200. The depreciation of the Brazilian Real and the pandemic helped to increase the U.S. dollar over Brazil’s currency.
Procon-SP said the other problem for the charger removal on the iPhone 12 and new iPhones commercialized. Check the problem below.
- Misleading advertising: iPhone 11 Pro consumers reported that Apple didn’t repair their phones after problems with water
- iOS update problems: some users reported “problems with some functions” on their iPhones after updating them, which Apple didn’t help
- Unfair terms: Apple exempts itself from all legal and implicit guarantees and against hidden or not apparent defects, according to Procon-SP
Procon-SP Executive Director Fernando Capez said “Apple needs to understand that in Brazil there are solid consumer protection laws and institutions. It needs to respect these laws and these institutions.” Apple didn’t respond to Procon-SP inquiries, but the company can appeal to the court if it wants to.
Google makes fun of Apple for adopting outdated smartphone technology
Recently, Google held a launch conference to introduce its Pixel collection devices such as the Pixel 7 series and Pixel Watch. During the press conference, the company mentioned Apple, iPhone 14, iOS 16, and the RCS message support that Apple was hesitant to adopt. Furthermore, Google couldn’t help but criticize Apple’s attitude toward innovation.
“Pixel has always been a leader in smartphone innovation,” said Brian Rakovsky, Google’s VP of Product Management. “We see it as an admiration when others in the industry follow our example, like ‘AOD’ And ‘At a Glance’ to put useful information directly on the lock screen.” He was referring to new features in iOS 16 and the iPhone 14 Pro.
“Three years ago, we launched the crash detection system, along with other features like safety checks and emergency sharing,” Rakovsky said at the launch. Last month, Apple introduced crash detection, the iPhone 14 Pro, And the latest Apple Watch, iOS 16 can bring more security features to users. “This is a groundbreaking feature record for the Pixel’s first launch,” he concluded.
One of the most contentious issues between Apple and Google right now is Apple’s refusal to support RCS messaging. Despite Google’s public call for Apple to adopt RCS, Apple continues to limit itself to the SMS standard and iMessage, just as it has for years with Type-C. According to Report Tim Cook previously responded, “This is not what Apple users ask the company to do.”
At last night’s Google event, it pressured Apple again to change course. “RCS is the modern industry standard for messaging and it has been adopted by most industries. We want every device manufacturer to understand this and adopt RCS to make texting better for every smartphone user.”
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Apple rolling out the new beta update for the AirPods 2/Pro/Max
Apple has started rolling out the new firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max. The latest update comes in beta form and it bumps with the new build number 5B5040c.
Since WWDC in June, Apple has been providing beta firmware updates for AirPods. The beta firmware requires an iPhone running iOS 16, a Mac running macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14, and suitable AirPods to install.
We discovered that developers must pair the AirPods with the iPhone, connect the iPhone to the Mac via a Lightning cable, launch the Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, and select the pre-release beta firmware under “Settings – Developer – AirPods Testing.”
Apple hasn’t released any information about the new firmware update for the AirPods, so we don’t know what improvements or bug fixes are included. Users can also check the firmware of their AirPods or AirPods Pro by following these steps:
How to check the new firmware update for the AirPods?
- Connect AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iOS device
- Open the Settings app
- Select general
- Select About
- Select AirPods
- Check the number next to “Firmware Version.
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Report: iPhone 14 parts price is 20% higher than the iPhone 13
A dismantling report from Japan, according to Juheng.com, shows that the total price of parts for Apple’s iPhone 14 series flagship models is about 20% higher than that of the iPhone 13.
According to Fomalhaut, the total cost of parts for the iPhone 14 Pro Max is approximately $501 (approximately 41,495 INR), which is more than $60 (approximately 4970 INR) higher than the previous generation iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Since the launch of the iPhone “Max” flagship model in 2018, the cost price has fallen between US$400 (about 33,130 INR) and US$450 (about 37, 271INR). This time it has directly raised more than US$60, and the cost of parts and Parts totals both saw their biggest gains since 2018.
In terms of model pricing, the iPhone 14 Pro Max with the smallest capacity is priced at the same US market price as the same model in 2018 and remains at $1,099 (about 91,024INR). The rise in component prices was not directly passed on and became the main reason for squeezing profits.
According to the report, the cost increase of the iPhone 14 Pro series is primarily due to the A16 Bionic chip. The chip costs $110 (approximately 9,110INR), which is more than 2.4 times the price of the A15 chip found in last year’s iPhone 13 Pro Max. The A16 Bionic employs the most advanced 4nm process, which is currently only available from TSMC and Samsung Electronics.
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We learned that Fomalhaut said that this highlights Apple’s product strategy that “it cannot be separated by new features, but has to use high-performance configuration to make a distinction”.
In terms of other parts, the CMOS used in the iPhone 14 comes from Sony. Among the three cameras on the rear of the iPhone 14 Pro, the size of the CMOS used in the main camera is 30% larger than before, and the price is also about 50% higher at $15 (about 1242INR). Due to the adoption of the new CMOS, the main camera of the iPhone 14 Pro series has increased to 48 million pixels.
The OLED panel of the dismantled model adopts Samsung electronic products; the baseband chip is from Qualcomm, and the power management chip (PMIC) is Apple’s own product. In 2018, Apple acquired the power management chip business of British chip maker Dialog for $600 million.
Furthermore, the report stated that the United States accounted for 32.4% of the total parts of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, South Korea accounted for 24.8%, Japan accounted for 10.9%, Taiwan accounted for 7.2%, mainland China accounted for 3.8%, and others (unknown) accounted for 20.9%.
Last year, the United States accounted for 22.6% of the total parts of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, South Korea accounted for 30.4%, Japan accounted for 14.5%, Taiwan accounted for 8.4%, mainland China accounted for 4.5%, and others (unknown) accounted for 19.6%.
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