Apple announces plan to swap third party power adapters for discounted Apple manufactured chargers

Apple announces plan to swap third party power adapters for discounted Apple manufactured chargers
Over the last few weeks, we have told you about a number of incidents that involved an Apple iPhone shocking its owner. The first story came out of China where a 23 year old flight attendant was electrocuted when she answered her Apple iPhone 5 while it was recharging. The next story involved a 30 year old who was shocked into a coma by his Apple iPhone 4. The third such story took place in Australia where a woman in her 20's was shocked by her iPhone and ended up in the hospital in stable condition. In each case, blame was squarely placed on a third party or unofficial charger or power adapter.

At first, Apple put up a new page on its Chinese web site showing how to identify an official Apple charger. But now the Cupertino based manufacturer is starting up a new program to take back unofficial and counterfeit USB PowerAdapters with the idea of removing these safety risks from the street. The first sentence of Apple's website promoting the program says it all. "Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues."

Here is how the plan works. Starting August 16th, head into an Apple Store or an authorized Apple service provider and when you hand over your third party adapter, Apple will make sure that they are taken care of in an environmentally friendly way. At the same time, Apple will sell you a new power adapter at a discounted price of $10 USD, or the local currency equivalent in foreign countries. To qualify for the discounted price, you need to hand over at least one third party adapter and allow those at the Apple Store or authorized service center to validate the serial number on your Apple iPhone, Apple iPad or Apple iPod. The special price is available on one new cable for each iPhone, iPad or iPod you own. And keep in mind that the deal is good through October 18th.

We'd love to tell you that Apple is doing this out of the kindness of their heart, but the truth is that each story about a Apple iPhone shocking someone to death, or into a coma, has to negatively impact sales. In addition, even though Apple doesn't build the third party adapters, a halfway decent lawyer could probably aim for Apple's deep pockets in a lawsuit.

source: Apple via PhoneScoop

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11 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

good choice apple,before everyone gets electrocuted again.and again

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Indeed a good thing... But people should stop taking calls when their phones are on charging mode, or atleast unhook the phone before taking the call.

3. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I have done that countless times (taking calls, even listening to music, playing games, all kinds of things) while charging and never had any issue with the battery of the last 4 or 5 phones i have used over so many years. You should only avoid doing it during a storm or something, fearing tripped or short circuit which is dangerous.

6. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Well, luck has favoured you and don't expect it to keep favouring. Next time, there is an article on electrocution, you may not be able to comment as the article will be featuring you...

5. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Who hasn't used their phone while on charge? Just make sure you don't have a cord with wires sticking out and never buy a charger that has bad reviews if you choose to purchase from a third party.

7. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Wireless charging coming. Kinda cool isnt it, put your phone onto base, and take it from it if somebody is calling you.

8. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

nope... the problem is... chraging phone, metal, wet i mean... i think this is just natures way of weeding out the idiots everybody should know at leat by now that metal + liquid + electricity = shock

4. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

How utterly magnanimous; this will save billions of lives globally (including some not human)!

9. NE_BE

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

Seriously, if you have enough money to buy an iPhone; you've got enough money to buy the official apple charger...

10. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

How do you figure. iPhone 4 and 4S is free now with contract.

11. NE_BE

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

Not where i live... Iphone 4 - €399 Iphone 4S - €599 Iphone 5 - €679

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