Apple iPhone 5 reportedly kills Chinese woman
Forensic investigation has confirmed that the deceased had been electrocuted, which was listed as the official cause of death. Police in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region confirmed the incident. The victim's sister warns other users of the Apple iPhone 5 not to use the device while it is charging.
We have a call into Apple for the company's reaction, which we will pass along as soon as we hear from the tech titan. The incident allegedly took place on July 11th.
Ma Ai Lun, allegedly killed from an electric shock from her Apple iPhone 5, was to be married on August 8th
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
source: ChinaNavis (translated) via BTVNews (translated)
UPDATE: According to a published report on Monday, Apple sent a statement to the Xinhua News agency that it was "deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident" and will investigate the circumstances of Ma Ai Lun's death.
source: XinhuaNews via TheRegister
1. SamsungNewbie (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Such a beautiful young woman killed too early :( this could theoretically happen with any electronic device so please don't turn this into a bashing fest, you all are better than that. Prayers for her family and fiancé.
41. vincelongman (Posts: 927; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Exactly, too many people were bashing Samsung when those 2 people's battery exploded. I've read articles about the S3, Note II, iPhone 5 and 4S and HTC One X battery exploding, I'm sure there's several more I haven't read. Millions of phones are sold, there are unfortunately a hand fill of faulty phones. This is a problem for all companies.
But I haven't read any of any 2013 phones with these problems, I hope it stays that way :)
44. SamsungNewbie (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Hopefully the s5 will be free of this problem as well when my upgrade is ready :-)
66. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
copysung batteries exploded when they are idle, it's been strictly instructed no to answer the call while it's charging ....
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 10048; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
+1 SN, too bad some people have nothing better to do.
4. SamsungNewbie (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Don't turn that into this. A woman dies and all you can think of is bashing. This could happen with any faulty phone, tablet, or handheld electronic device. If it were HTC or Samsung, what would you say?
25. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
Her surroundings could be a factor to the voltage
86. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
yes,maybe a high voltage current? and sorry if i may be wrong,with the iphone being made completely out of aluminium wouldn't it be a good conducter of electricity? :| although a young woman like this didn't deserve to die.can't imagine the heartache her fiance might be going through.
3. stealthd (Posts: 910; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I wonder if this was an actual iPhone 5 or a knockoff.
16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1296; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
it can be both , even a real iPhone can cause a lot of injury and even death in this case , there have been a few emergency landings of aircraft after iphones blew their backplates off during mid flight
75. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Yes, or it could be that her battery or charger is a knockoff.
5. toiletcleaner (Posts: 183; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Iphone is going to kill you guys, stop the *Ikill*
6. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
I get electrocuted when charging my iPhone 4 , Can't believe it happen to others.
Anyone know why is this happen? always happen when iphone get charged.
7. SamsungNewbie (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Faulty phone perhaps. I had a LG Rumor that would occasionally zap me, sent it to sprint and they found faulty wiring.
9. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
I use a bumper to avoid from electrocuted . So it safe now to hold my iphone while it was charging. it's very dangerous.
I scared to touch aluminium when charging. HAHA
49. joey_sfb (Posts: 2476; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
"i scared to touch aluminium when charging" make sense. Please use a cover.
I have cover on my iPad since day one so i never experience it.
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Why do people take calls while charging?
Do they have no sense at all?
12. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Apple: You're holding it wrong. Again.
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5517; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Actually, the owner was charging it wrong. Yet another reason to get a case for the phone - one more layer of insulation between you and the phone.
13. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
This is sad first that GS3 incident and now this may her soul REST IN PEACE
17. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1296; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
looks like the 2013 solar flares are really cooking up some smartphones
15. tedkord (Posts: 4238; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Beautiful young lady. Such a shame, if true. Hope its not.
And yes, this can happen with any device while plugged in. So don't be a-holes and turn this into an Apple thing.
20. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
My first thought was there was no ground fault interruption in the circuit or it was there and failed. Not sure of China's laws concerning power circuits but if there was a working one installed, should have gone a long way in keeping her alive.
22. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Yup, believe everything that you read on the internet! Now please excuse me while I confer with the alien mothership that accidently remotely activated the "electrocute" function on the poor girl's phone...
59. darkkjedii (Posts: 10048; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Very unfortunate event Ted. Tragedy bothers me, no matter how big or small the scale. I lost my older sister in 2009 to an "out of the blue" tragedy, man I know how her family must feel. It hurt me to no end, and still does.
21. mrblah (Posts: 389; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
it was the liquid robot off of terminator 2
23. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I love how at the end of this sad article PA cheer...."thanks anonymous tipster" like its good they got this news!
24. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
The story is most likely a fake. I rarely defend Apple, but this is not news: it's unfounded speculation at best...
74. justsayit (Posts: 151; Member since: 09 May 2013)
i think this is true, cause it has been report on a news paper which in my country
89. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
no bro, they don't just have it here on PA, been running on every media source...sad news. im not defending apple or bashing them in this. But I just want to see how a big company (any big company) reacts to this...
29. almostdone (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
This is not to bash Apple but plastic may of not carried the charge through the shell of the phone.
34. faizan-sharif (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
may she be RIP, very sad to listen, Apple should fix this ug, few days before Samsung Galaxy S3 and now this, companies should give special care to this, because its the smartphone that discharges so quickly that people have to answer calls in urgent situations, while charging
Puplic notices along with large battery capacity, these two things should be done
39. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
Plastic > "Premium Materials". There has to be more to this story like maybe water being involved or the plastic covering of the cable being torn exposing the metal wiring. I don't see how someone could possibly be electrocuted if they held it properly while charging.
48. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6107; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
iPhone have high RADIATION LEVELS
45. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I absolutely despise Apple and even I'm not buying this one. The phone is receiving usb strength voltage from the block. There would have to be multiple simultaneous failures for this to happen. The tiny wires in a USB cable could not even carry enough current to kill you. There is definitely more to this.
84. sguyx (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
definitely more... in finland a 13 years old boy got to a hospital because of iphone 5 charger and finnish authorities (tukes) are now investigating the charger. earlier on the spring, iphone 5 charger exploded and almost burnt the house here in finland. sorry, i cannot link because i havent put 30 posts yet... you will find these from iltalehti and iltasanomat sites.
iltalehti: iphone 5:n laturi räjähti (20.3.2013)
iltasanomat: iphone laturi leimahti - 13-vuotias poika sairaalaan (16.7.2013)
47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6107; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
my gosh. RIP and shes very cute too. the apple iphone is a iKiller
50. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 786; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
You're an immature punk who would do well to shut his ignorant piehole. Using the death of a human being to push your hatefest agenda is scummy. I'm sure your parents would be ashamed to know they had raised such a low-life jerk.
54. darkkjedii (Posts: 10048; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly, and well said napalm. What a jerk, and Dorothy69 is just as classless as gadget.
51. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
one week a gs4 burning someone a next an iphone 5 killing someone.
65. MyJobSux (Posts: 77; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Wonder if there was an electrical storm, perhaps a surge that actually caused the death. If your on a corded phone (those still exist, in some places) and its lightening outside you should hang up because if lightning hits it can come through the line and ground through you. Perhaps it could have been any phone type. I guess there needs to be more infomration on if it was a phone defect or some other outside factor.
67. Fuego84 (Posts: 258; Member since: 13 May 2012)
What about exposed wire on the charger cord. There are no details so we don't know squat. We don't even know this is a real story.
73. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I dont see how this could happen because a phone charger has a transformer which converts the mains voltage down to like 5 volts and thats nowhere near enough volts to electrocute somebody.
78. RobotMan (Posts: 124; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Ban the iphone 5 sales until found the course and replaced all the faulty parts.
79. Muzhhur (Posts: 240; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
f**** iphones! someone its not doing their job!
80. poping (unregistered)
aluminum is conductive..
81. roscuthiii (Posts: 1784; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Come on PA, moderate some of these troll posts. Posts and posters have been moderated for less considering someone's lost their life here.
83. sguyx (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Same time in Finland:
(fromsite iltasanomat, cannot link, less than 30 posts. wtf!?)
13 years old boy got to a hospital over night because the iphone 5 charger flamed. The boy got electric shock and got burn on his arm.
On the picture: Superintendent Jari Tuomi from TUKES is showing the apple iphone 5 charger.
Finnish Safety and Chemical Agency (TUKES) is now investigating the charger.
(site tukes fi)
also another case from march, iphone 5 charger exploded. source iltalehti, cannot link because this restriction of 30 posts!
85. sguyx (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
if you like to find the news that i cannot link (because the 30 posts restriction):
1) news about exploded charger
2) news about the boy got electric shock and got to a hospital
1)iltalehti site: "iphone 5:n laturi räjähti" (20.3.2013)
2)iltasanomat site: "iphone-laturi leimahti - 13-vuotias poika sairaalaan" (16.7.2013)