University students have sued Apple in China for not including a charger with the iPhone. The students demand that Apple provide a student with a charger for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, 100 yuan for breach of contract, and pay legal fees.
Students argued in an online hearing before the Beijing Internet Court that the USB-C to Lightning cable that came with the iPhone 12 Pro Max was incompatible with other chargers, which resulted in their phones not being able to charge.
The students also argued that Apple is only using environmental concerns as an excuse not to bundle its MagSafe chargers with new iPhones.
Plaintiffs also argued that Apple was only using environmental concerns as an excuse to promote its MagSafe chargers, since wireless chargers, according to the report, waste more energy than wired chargers.
The two parties were in the process of providing additional evidence to the court, the report said. The case was featured in a public interest litigation competition this month.
It’s not the first time Apple has been sued for not including an AC adapter with a new iPhone. The company was fined $ 2 million for selling iPhones without chargers in Brazil. In France, Apple was forced to include 12 EarPods with the iPhone in order to comply with local laws, which was done with fairly unique packaging.
After Apple, many other OEMs have also stopped bundling chargers with their devices, although they haven’t received as much criticism as Apple for this move.