Electricity from Apple iPhone shocks Australian woman, leaving her hospitalized
Now it is the authorities in Australia who are warning Apple iPhone users after a shock from the device sent a young Sydney woman to the hospital. The victim, in her 20's, was taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital where she now is listed in stable condition. Officials at the ambulance service noted that they received 232 calls about mobile phone shocks in the first half of this year and reminded cell phone users to take precautions with their phone's electrical connection.
Noting that something like dust could cause a short circuit that could lead to a fatality, the ambulance spokesman suggested that dusty appliances should be vacuumed. Ambulance inspector John Brotherhood said, "It takes only a small shock to interfere with your heart. Basically, if the jolt moves you, if it takes your breath away or if it's at all a cause for concern, you need to get it checked out."
source: DailyMail via IBT
1. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yeah that will be the newest feature for the 5s. Get this and it will shock you, literally.. Not good press for apple.
83. sid07desai (Posts: 276; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Now I finally understand the "lightning charger" concept
103. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
So this is the evolution of the "death grip" issue of iP4...
2. ErfanMTI (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 May 2013)
woooooooooooow....angry i phones
is this the gift from apple to their customers????
3 shocking iphones and counting more and more
i told that all apple devices have very low build Quality at the Inside Of them
I mean LCD And Board ...iphones are just have beautiful looking but inside of them NO!!!!
37. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
+ 1 for that, maybe inside of the product are using the cheapest components.
46. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
And I fans say Apple makes the best quality... My foot. More like life in danger products they make with dirt cheap components..
56. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I dont think so
The galaxy s3 that injured a girl had third-party battery and these iphones had third-party chargers
That only garantees for anyone who read these articles that third-party components are not consistent or reliable...
82. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
This doesnt have anything to do with third party battery or charger, its the phones that are poorly made.stop looking for scapegoats and xcuses for the companies.
88. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Wtf are you talking about? Every incident recently has had to do with unauthorized third party accossories. There's unfortunately a lot of people out there looking to make a quick buck selling a counterfeit, and they don't care about how safe they make it. It's not an excuse, it's just the universally accepted standard of liability: Apple, Samsung, whoever is not to blame for someone else making an unsafe knockoff.
3. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Apple address, and handle the situation. Have them send in the defective device, test and replace it. If its widespread, do a recall. If not replace the units and cover the medical bills.
13. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
yes apple address it, handle it and require the dead to send in their phone :/ how does apple give that family her life back? Everything you said is soo obvious so why must you always sound soo fanboyish and like a blind company yes man, geez, bro you are no sith fo sure
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Nope I'm not a sith, and you're an idiot for continuing to say that. I'm a grown man about to be married, go play the sith game with someone else. It's apples responsibility to investigate and handle the issue appropriately. Your screen name says it all, go away. One more thing, the lady in this article isn't dead fool. Read the article, then comment.
47. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yea Dark congratulations wishing the very best to the coming years
42. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No...actually yours was. Good night, I'm done with your stupidity and attempts to start a flame war over someone's pain. Idiot!
48. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
It's not flame war, but you are siding Apple no matter how low and dirty and evil it gets!
57. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
So you're telling me, that my saying apple should investigate, replace, do a recall, and pay for any and all medical expenses is siding with THEM? Dude PAPINYC has fried your brain Troll. Before you got on his bandwagon, you were at least tolerable.
60. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
I really like him!
He's a really a very funny person! And comes with insane piss taking jokes on The fruit users
68. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Congratulation on getting "Married" Darkkjedii... The only thing you left out on your list of thing to do is... "SUE" Apple.
105. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)
Grow up and take your head out of your arse
41. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
I was referring to the first case of a Chinese woman who did die
And again, wow, your post was so unnecessary (and actually made me cringe a lil bit), Apple will take care of it without your input, thx
104. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Apple will take care of it alright.. by issuing a press statement "use authorized chargers".
The will then follow up with something along the lines of "You aren't holding the phone correctly!"
I'm with Darkjedi on this one.. Apple needs to aggressively research this issue, 3rd party chargers or not.
Why don't we see massive shock issues with Android phones? I imagine the use of 3rd party chargers with android phones is MASSIVE given they use the industry standard micro USB chargers.
Apple needs to identify root cause and determine if there is anything they can do design-wise to ensure that consumers are protected from electric shock, regardless of the brand of charger.
31. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
How they can do that if the person is killed by their iphone.
38. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
The damage is done! Life is more important, than any material things in this world.
45. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Wholly Molly this is the 3rd incident of using Apple products.
I was really expecting a great news like this! I had a feeling that there would be a scenario like this will appear. My wishes and dreams have alightend.
For GOD sake why don't company's all over the world advertise this to papers, billboards, news, and spread the info! That's what happens when using Apple products.
I wonder who and when will be the next victim.
A young women dies
2nd electracuted needed up in coma and now this.
What's next. .... A blast bombard.....
63. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
TROLL you really need to stop the hate. Its consuming you...
Everything has its place and reason. Peace be with you.
70. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
+1 Joey SMDH at Troll. Sad that he only wants to be a fool, and make enemies of people. Who would want that for attention?
69. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You just got limited for this idiotic commenting, you'll be satisfied when you're banned huh? We know you do this for attention, and to get people to dislike you, but why do you enjoy making enemies of people? Why do you like to act so foolish people look at you like a clown? I guarantee that my post is what you crave huh? You're a joke dude, and you've lost the respect of us. Sad that you prefer to be a jackass no one likes or looks to for knowledge, than a mature person people enjoy talking to. People's pain and suffering bring you pleasure, cuz they use apple products. You suck dude, and I mean that.
99. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Hey dark, Congrats and wish you a very happy married life.
4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
"232 calls about mobile phone shocks"
How many were iphones xD
17. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
How were those calls made? by a landline phone or someone else who watched the victim be electrified from a distance?
20. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Emergency aid calls are usually counted as calls for service and counted as how many times an emergency response was needed. So if 10 people call about a woman being shocked and an ambulance responds to a location 1 time, it would be counted as 1 call. This is generally true for police, fire, and EMS.
21. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
Well they kinda had their phones in the hands. But seriously, you wouldn't want to be alone if something like this happens.
28. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Don't use cheap chargers if you don't want to be the 1/million this happens to.
5. rd_nest (Posts: 824; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Not good. Leaving aside all Apple/Samsung debate, this is not good any of us.
6. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
Any device can shock you not only iphone
9. ErfanMTI (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 May 2013)
but aluminium body of iPhone is more danger for electric shocking
maybe if the material of first shocking device that killed that woman was plastic except Aluminium that woman was still Alive now
25. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I think he is saying the risk is greater, not that it's a given. I think he is saying that if there is a design flaw in the iPhone, then the metal case is only going to make it worse. HTC might not have the same flaw. Just being metal isn't going to do anything.
50. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What a disgrace and no self respect nor humanity
96. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
I am afraid to use my hTc one now, it was convered with metal. ... ha ha ha!
18. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
Maybe, but somehow I think Xperias are safer, because they're rugged. I mean, I don't know the causes of the ladies' misfortunes, but if I were to bet, I'd bet on "wet hair on electrified contacts" combo, which will short-circuit the device, thus electrifying and damaging the long haired person (usually women)
35. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
But I didn't hear any news like that to other oem except Apple.
To much Apple will kill you!!!
49. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yea really ending up in intensive care unit... And coma!
Android devices ended a person in hospital not death or coma!
Fanboy like you would still side Apple even if peoples mother, father or sister, or anyone's death. Jesus christ, holy $h!t Apple has taken over publics, consumers souls. My GOD full of uneducated uncivilised people in this world!
No wonder Android users are "geeks. Nerds, techy, savvy, and smart and clever" GODS gift are the Droid users....
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Okay, once is an incident. Twice is a coincidence. But three times now?
I was totally on board with the cheap 3rd party chargers, or even knockoff iPhone handsets, line of thinking but again... three times now?!
8. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
or people are faking/copying for lawsuits?
11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Anything is possible, people are both greedy and dumb. Have any lawsuits been filed yet though? And even if they have, don't they realize that the fine print that and lawyers fees from fighting Big Money corporations make this an uphill battle. And then there's the whole, you know, electrocution thing.
I know, I know... I'll just refer myself to my first sentence in this post.
24. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I tend to think like anything else, once attention is brought to something you start to realize how wide spread a problem can be.
I don't know how you force your phone to shock you. You can go buy a cheap charger and try to do it. But is it worth risking your life? And besides I doubt you would win any lawsuit from Apple for using a product that is not authorized to be used with their product.
59. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I can believe it because aluminum is conductor. A crappy third party charger without proper grounding could cause all types of issues. The correct thing for Apple to do is to make these cables/chargers more affordable.
89. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
3 times out of how many millions of iPhone's is not statistically significant, especially when it's been shown knockoff chargers were at fault.
10. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Apple, don't tase me bro!