More bad news: iPhone 4 allegedly shocks Chinese man into a coma
Today, news broke that a man in China has suffered a similar faith, fortunately, there's still hope for him. On July 8, Wu Jiantong, 30, has been admitted into a Beijing hospital after getting electrocuted while, allegedly, connecting his iPhone 4 to a charger. He has been into a coma since then.
Now we know what you're thinking, and this has been on our minds as well – smartphones by themselves can't possibly produce a zap potent enough to seriously wound - it has got to be a non-original charger or something of that sort. Alas, in the case of Ma Ailun, her sister has taken to Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter equivalent) warning people of using their iPhones while charging and confirming that her sister's iPhone was bought last December from an authorized Apple store and was, in fact, still under warranty. The offending smartphone has been handed over to the authorities for investigation. We're yet to hear more details surrounding the electrocution of Mr. Jiantong.
Cupertino hasn't remained passive in all this and has issued a statement and vowed to get to the bottom of this:
This comes after just recently, a Galaxy S3 exploded and seriously injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland. Isolated one-in-a-billion? Let's hope so. Regardless, we're unwilling to point any fingers just yet, while we await an official report.
1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Condolences for the victims. I hope this man would recover from his coma and I hope he gets well soon
56. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I figured the iPhone 5 incident was caused by it's aluminum body conducting electricity when she was gripping the phone.
As far as I know, the iPhone 4 has a glass body, which shouldn't conduct electricity very well... Maybe the frame around the phone was metal? Sorry, I haven't owned an iPhone 4 before so...
It could be publicity to get more of their own Chinese to buy their own country's brand. iPhone ran a year without an freak accidental death -- why start now all of a sudden? Something seems off...
68. pvaraich (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
also, there are reports that it was because of the fake charger that was being used. I agree with the publicity part...
77. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Cheap non-approved chargers are a huge risk... This is likely Not Apple fault...
Also everyone is exposed to a faulty battery in some sort of bad luck lottery...
But today I am appreciating my plastic phones a little more... specially when they come with a charging dock, that keeps me away from the cables most of the time
108. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
but apple should think 1 step ahead in these cases.
i dont currently hear news that nokia phones explode due to fake battery/chargers
111. JC557 (Posts: 1059; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Agreed, something seems a bit off here considering the influx of news.
Though, there will always be an imperfect wiring job or faulty part regardless of manufacturer.
2. Whateverman (Posts: 3198; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Hopefully they can figure this out quickly. I have many loved ones using iPhones and I want them to be safe. Even you diehard iPhone fans. At least put a rubber case on your phones to lessen the chance of shock until they can figure this out. Hope this guys comes out of it and recovers quickly.
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
Why can't I die together with iDevice? That would be romantic don't you think?
Btw, waiting Mr. Cook to apologize this :p
4. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
I call BS on these stories... You notice how this is only happening in China? Why not other parts of the world??
10. Whateverman (Posts: 3198; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I was thinking that too. That maybe there was a different standards for grounding electricity or something, IDK.. But hopefully Apple will get it figured out soon.
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Same Here... Something odd Is goinf on
28. Jack58221 (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
I don't know about b.s.. I think it's more of the Chinese making faulty after market parts.
31. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
But it is happening, I tell you, it's happening worldwide and someone MUST put a stop to it!!
43. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
My guess is they can't afford or won't pay for the high priced Apple equipment so are using third party charging equipment instead.
80. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Of the over 6 billion people in the world, more than 1 billion reside in China. Factor out the third world countries where provoke don't have access or means to smartphones, and China is an even bigger percentage. If its going to happen, its statistically more likely to happen in China.
Them, remember that China media is all state controlled - the government decides what news gets released. An American company product killing Chinese citizens...
101. Kayle (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Maybe because China makes for a BIG percent of the whole world and they make and sell the majority of cheap ass parts. DO THE MATH
104. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dave you show nothing but class, professionalism and neutrality. Don't sweat the idiocy, and disrespect. Your a class act bro, I only wish you came on PA more often. Love chatting with you dude. +10
109. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
Wow talk about sucking up...you trying to date Dave or what?
Non of the replies I read were idiotic or disrespectful. In fact they were all good opinions.
110. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No, I only date women, and I'm engaged idiot. I was merely acknowledging his maturity despite the disrespectful comments. They were removed by the moderator, so you probably never saw them. I suck up to no one, so if you only wanna chat with stupidity, chat with someone else.
6. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
a Galaxy S3 exploded and seriously injured an 18-year old girl in Switzerland it didn't explode she used a non samsung battery that failed and leaked melting the casing then melted on her leg
or she was injured at home/work and burned the phone to look like it was the cause to get money
as i said before i fell asleep with my s3 and s4 not at same time ofc in my pocket and nothing happened
94. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
7. skyline100 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Both of them are Chinese. Something's fishy here.
35. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Hey, don't stereotype my Asian friends; it's actually a healthier diet.
Truth is, there are miLLions of these undocumented incidents; the U.N. is calling an emergency meeting this weekend to try and come up with a resolution to help combat the Global problem of iVoltage!!
15. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Just wow hope people dont use this as more ways to bash each other .. to late
18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
This will be a great reason to retaliate, dispute
17. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think there a is something odd going here...
My bet goes around this mixture
Bad charger giving the device a certain amount of electricity, device issues causing the extra energy to travel via the iPhones metal body, when I'm contact to a grounded human the device will discharge a considerable high amount of electricity equal to being directly zapped by a current
While I think its not 100% apples fault this so called "premium metal" could be the culprit behind it all you can get a certain voltage with the OG droid (tested) via the metal body on it and a cheap $2 charger... Won't be enough to kill you but could give you quite a scare
29. axbog (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
By God, you've solved the mistery. No need to look into it, he's done it. Watch out guys, this guy could solve the world's problems. All we have to do is present them to him via an article. All hail!
46. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Eh? I'm just supposing this is highly probable because I've seen similar behavior, I had to classes of "electronics" so its my guess based on what I have learned So far, but I could be wrong any time :/
41. apple4never (Posts: 947; Member since: 08 May 2013)
my thought exactly I was thinking that if the batteries ground wire is touching the metal body then if its charging the discharge would go through someone but the batteries 5v isnt enough so maybe its getting re routed through the battery charge module
20. herbg (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2010)
The voltage at a Chinese socket of any type is 220v
23. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
That plus a faulty charger plus a metal body plus a fault on the charging port (probably due to the use of a bad charger) equals a deadly ⚡ ⚡ specially if the device it's left accumulating energy (charging)
21. pwnarena (Posts: 885; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
this kind of story makes you wonder...
they can afford an iPhone but they can't get the right charger? or where is the device's original charger? i suppose chargers outlast their partner phones.
26. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Sometimes people spend money on the device they want and stick with them for years never being able to buy another device because its hard (they make a sacrifice) so buying from original retailers Sometimes it's a no no
65. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
@Chris. P, I think you meant fate and not faith :-)
73. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Aluminum sucks ... plastics are better.
74. roscuthiii (Posts: 1798; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Purely speculation on my part, but I'd say that there may have been a bad batch of iPhones that didn't pass quality control. Rather then scrapping them, either the manufacturer sold them on the sly as good products, or a carrier made an offer them at a reduced price.
I was leaning towards knock-off mechandise initially, but if the lady's sister swears it was a legitimate Apple retailer... well, we all know the internet can't lie.
75. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
damn , im scared to use my iPhone 4. always get electric shock!
82. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
World English Dictionary
1. to be killed as a result of an electric shock.
The story is typed that the man died and also did not die. Which is it?
83. ibap (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
"Today, news broke that a man in China has suffered a similar faith..." "faith"? REALLY? I always thought iPhones were a religion.
85. T-rex (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 May 2013)
What is it between iphone and Chinese people, Condolences for the victims
91. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
"Isolated one-in-a-billion? Let's hope so."
Well, according to wiki answers, China is home to 1.3 billion people. That's more than a one-in-billion average. So watch out with your iPhones in China!
This could also be Skynet's handywork. >.
96. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)
Apple maps is a danger to the public and now iphones are so everyone should just get windows phone, android or a blackberry and I hope this guy recovers
106. Sondae (Posts: 187; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
I bet apple will claim that this accident was using 3rd party charger just like samsung about a Switzerland girl that has exploded her s3 on her pocket.
107. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I purchased a couple of chargers from eBay and they look like fake iPhone cubes.... I'll toss them out before the kids get stung. Also a tip for iPhone 4 to 5 owners, get a rubber phone case to insulate your hands from the metal frame.
112. JunitoNH (Posts: 893; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Funny how everything is happening in China, Asia. No reports of just happenings in Canada or US, hmmm