Electricity from Apple iPhone shocks Australian woman, leaving her hospitalized

Electricity from Apple iPhone shocks Australian woman, leaving her hospitalized
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 his Apple iPhone 4. Flight Attendant Ma Ai Lun was killed when she answering a call while her iPhone 5 was being recharged. Wu Jiantong was shocked when he was connecting his phone to the charger. Apple is warning its customers in the country to use only chargers made by, or approved by Apple.

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

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113 Comments

1. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yeah that will be the newest feature for the 5s. Get this and it will shock you, literally.. Not good press for apple.

52. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

More Like great news.... ®

83. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Now I finally understand the "lightning charger" concept

97. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

iZap? :p

103. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So this is the evolution of the "death grip" issue of iP4...

2. ErfanMTI

Posts: 5; Member since: May 31, 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: Jun 09, 2013

+ 1 for that, maybe inside of the product are using the cheapest components.

46. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: Nov 12, 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: Sep 14, 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 unregistered

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: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 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

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

29. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

as if

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Congrats on getting married!

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx Smurf. I thought you knew bro

47. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yea Dark congratulations wishing the very best to the coming years GOD BLESS ®©™

39. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Stupid comment

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's not flame war, but you are siding Apple no matter how low and dirty and evil it gets! ®©

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I really like him! He's a really a very funny person! And comes with insane piss taking jokes on The fruit users PAPINYC ™®©

68. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Congratulation on getting "Married" Darkkjedii... The only thing you left out on your list of thing to do is... "SUE" Apple.

71. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx Topcat

105. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Grow up and take your head out of your arse

41. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: Jun 09, 2013

How they can do that if the person is killed by their iphone.

38. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

The damage is done! Life is more important, than any material things in this world.

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