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Electricity from Apple iPhone shocks Australian woman, leaving her hospitalized

0. phoneArena 27 Jul 2013, 16:43 posted on

Just last week, we told you how Apple had added a page to its Chinese website showing how consumers in the country could protect themselves from electrocution by making sure that their chargers were official Apple parts; that response by Apple came after a 23 year old Chinese woman allegedly was killed after being electrocuted by her Apple iPhone 5, and a 30 year old man supposedly went into a coma after being shocked by an Apple iPhone 4...

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posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:49

15. amiaq (Posts: 454; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iTaze hahahaha

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:30

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


wow galaxy blows up,..and now iphone electrify's people. beware smartphones maybe reliable but also dangerous...

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 18:18 8

22. rallyguy (Posts: 550; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


The Galaxy phone was reportedly due to a third party battery. I only read one article about one Chinese iPhone and that reportedly was due to a third party charger.

I don't understand the charger making the phone shock you, but the battery does make sense. You can't blame any OEM for faulty parts that an owner uses from a third party. BUT......I do blame the OEM for charging outrageous prices for the inexpensive accessories which causes people to buy third party parts. Ultimately the third party company is at fault for making junk. But if Apple wasn't charging $45 for a charger that costs them $2, more people would be buying their product.

If Apple wanted to make some good press, they would start selling their accessories for maybe only 100% profit instead of 5000% profit.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:45

90. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


The issue isn't third party accessories in general, it's unauthorized ones, mainly knockoffs, that aren't built to the same safety standards as legitimate products.

No one buys a knockoff because they have to. People buy knockoffs because they think they're the same product for less. Everyone's going to pick the cheaper one if they think it's the same. They just don't realize that with electronics knockoffs can be dangerous. Are you seriously saying that people buy $600 phones or pay $200 on contract with $100+ monthly phone bills and can't afford to buy a $20-30 charger? GTFO

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 17:46 3

14. edwin2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


New iphone is about to coming now and all these news ......You know what I want to say.It is all about the timing problem.

Sorry for my bad english(>﹏

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 18:21 1

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well, while everyone is having a good laugh at Apple's (and the victims' who have been hurt and killed) expense, I hope you all are taking time to text, email, or call you friends and family members with iPhones to warn them of the potential danger.

This sounds it could be a bad batch. 232 seems like a really high number for an incident that just started getting reported on. Apple, you guys need to find out what the heck is going on ASAP.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:27 1

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Read the article again. Not all of those 232 calls where from iPhone users.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:33

64. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I don't need to read the article again. Quit looking for a reason to attack. I misspoke, I'm not implying anything but of course you had to find something to fuss about. Calm down... There was no fanboyism in my comment. But with 3 out of 3 articles on the subject being about the iPhone, maybe there is a bad batch. Just say.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 00:40 1

73. Topcat488 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Maybe you did not comprehend the article 96... From the 1st paragraph on, the subject was, is, and for, iphone users... It talks about a man electrocuted, a 23 year old woman killed, a 30 yr old man going into a coma, a flight attendant killed answering a iphone, and then we switched to Australia where 232 mobile phone users called in.

The "Subject" here is Apple iphone (4 & 5), NO WHERE else speak about another OEM!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 12:58

87. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Maybe you did not comprehend the comment by Whatever man Toppussy488. He stated that 232 calls where from iPhone users. Nowhere in the article said that it all came from iPhone users. Instead it's from all smartphone users.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:07

107. Topcat488 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


96 must be your age, cause it seems you can't see or read. Just a babbler of wordless noise. Where have you read in the "Whole Internet", that any smartphone other than iphone, or a cheap Chinese knockoff of something ever "electrocuted" or "shocked" anyone. I'm not talking about a 3rd party battery explosion. "ONLY iphones eletrocute".

Stop defending Apple, fool. Stupidity can only be accomplished if "YOU" open your mouth.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:27

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 11449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's real talk WM. the 232 is total cell phone incidents.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 18:27

26. rallyguy (Posts: 550; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I would be interested in the injury statistics in the US. It won't happen though because Apple supports the liberal cause, not to mention Al Gore is on the board of directors. The American media won't touch them.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 19:56

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this is why apple must go away from this "premium metal" moniker and go with truly secure sturdy and safe materials

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 20:41

43. tiara6918 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


All of these shock related incidents I've been reading lately are all caused by an Apple iPhone, weird isn't it? If this was caused by a third part accessory, then we shouldn't put the blame on apple but if that's not the case and the victims who were affected are using original accessories, then apple should take full responsibility

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 20:42 2

44. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Note to iPhone owners, buy a rubber case, the "premium" metal frame conducts electricity... basic science 101.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:59

84. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


It doesnt have to be from outside ,it can be grounded from inside with the built in battery.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:10

85. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Agreed ,if third party chargers were the problem in Apples scenario ,why are we not getting the same result from other brands like Samsung, Nokia , Motorola ,HTC and others
where I believe people uses third party chargers for these phones also without them exploding or shocking people ?So herein we see the problem is not charger as is being put forth by Apple to derail the public as in other episodes but that their phones are not what they claim them to be.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:51

92. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Because the issue is with knockoffs, not third party accessories. Apple products are really popular because of their design, and counterfeiters want to make a quick buck selling a knockoff that looks almost identical but isn't as safe. There are some Samsung knockoffs but they aren't as popular, and Samsung doesn't make metal phones, so they don't show up in the news until a battery explodes.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:49

91. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Or you could just not buy a knockoff charger that lets AC power travel up the USB cable to the phone's casing. Any charger from a reliable brand will prevent this, as it's not possible to be harmed from the 5-10W a charger normally outputs (or from the battery).

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:35

54. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1202; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Maybe this is why Apple wants to replace the iPhone 5 with a lower cost plastic iPhone when the 5S is released. They know that there's a design flaw and they don't want to keep the iPhone 5 on the market come this fall. Shockgate anyone?

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 21:41

55. pyradark (Posts: 772; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


I have the 5 and need to shifton sony!! Hahahaha

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:02 2

61. taikucing (unregistered)


that's why aluminium sucks. Use kevlar or carbon fiber

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 22:10

62. jove39 (Posts: 1285; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Her phone was hooked up to charger? Apple charger?

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 11:14

86. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


yes it was

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 23:22 1

66. ddeath (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Iphone 4 has a metal bar surrounding the phone. Iphone 5 is made of metal. Any electric current leaks due to component breakdown is gonna kill that person who is holding the phone. Plastics and other non conductive materials phones don't sound too bad after all.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:54

93. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


The iPhone's battery is not powerful enough to electrocute anyone. The problem is bad chargers, mainly knockoffs, that are manufactured poorly and have a short circuit, causing AC power to travel across the cable, when the 5-10W the charger normally outputs is harmlesss.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 23:31

67. ddeath (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Next we know is Apple is gonna tell you that you are charging it wrong and you are not supposed to use it while charging. And you better turn off that charger before you touch your iPhone!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 00:24

72. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1144; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


iphone killing people is too damn high!!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 01:48

74. skyline88 (Posts: 320; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


new slogan:
Apple, we made profits

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 03:32

75. ImQ009 (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


So we've got exploding Samsungs and electrocuting Apples :P Yeah

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:28

76. aviatorarun (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Soon United States can replace the 'Taser' with 'Apple Iphone' as the standard issue to the police men.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 07:31

77. HiTz_RoCkZ (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


n they say Samsung is Plastic and cheap...:P

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 09:19

78. BlueEyes (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


This means iPhone 4s is only well made phone by Apple since Apple , or that clock is still ticking !

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:17 1

79. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Everyone kills Samsung for making plastic phones which are safer while hugging up Iphones which are dangerous because of their metal components .All it takes is for the battery and aluminium to make contact and there u have it.Aluminium and electricity dont mix ,better to buy plastic phones .

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:58

94. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


A metal phone like the iPhone or HTC One is safe as long as you're using a safe charger (as in, not a knockoff).

Even with a plastic phone, a bad charger could overload the battery, or a knockoff battery could explode. So plastic isn't really saving you.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:17

80. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Everyone kills Samsung for making plastic phones which are safer while hugging up Iphones which are dangerous because of their metal components .All it takes is for the battery and aluminium to make contact and there u have it.Aluminium and electricity dont mix ,better to buy plastic phones .

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:33

81. synot (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Apple is blaming charger for the incidents but we all know thats not the cause .The cause has to do with the simple fact of being made with metal which is a conductor of electricity .The battery is built into the phone with metal casing and some metal internal parts and this is a recipe for disaster .All it takes is some sweat or other conductor to ignite the battery and aluminium .Apple needs to stop making excuses for their own errors and stop trying to make it the consumers fault .

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 13:59

95. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It's not the consumers fault, it's the fault of people making unsafe knockoff chargers. Stop pretending Apple is to blame for someone else making a safety hazard.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 21:19

98. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


They charge it wrong,

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:40

100. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2663; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Please do not talk while charging. Hope the woman would get well soon.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:36

102. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This has never been a problem in the past years of phones... it seems like a bad design if you can't do both...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:35

101. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I am no expert, but isnt the Lightning connector designed to pull over 2 amps of current? and that would be more thant other phones standard microUSB which takes 1.8 amps top... Would this make any difference?

Can this be a design problem with the plug in the phone? like the article says, dust in the connection?

This seems fishy

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:04

106. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Htc one users better be careful

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:19

108. mrblah (Posts: 446; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


they don't call it "lightening" adaptor for nothing lol

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:21

109. poping (unregistered)


aluminum is an electrical conductor... need i say more?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 13:26

110. poping (unregistered)


question is: how many more lives Apple?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 14:18

111. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


post the story about the Galaxy S4 that burnt up an apartment in Hong Kong... it was reported on Cult of Android a few hours ago.

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