There’s no shortage of strange Apple-related tales from China, but none more upsetting than the recent death by electrocution of a woman using a third-party iPhone charger. Unfortunately, a second person fell into a coma shortly thereafter under similar circumstances.
With that in mind, Apple has launched the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program. Good.
To be fair, Apple – being a massive evil corporation ‘n’ all – could’ve simply reiterated the potential dangers of using unendorsed third-party products.
However, to its credit, Apple is actively encouraging users to bring in their third-party chargers and get an official Apple USB power adapter at a, uhm, special discounted price – specifically $10 (circa £6.50).
The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program is valid from August 16 till October 18, and you’re allowed one trade-in per Apple device (iPhone, iPad and/or iPod) – subject to serial number validation.
Apple stresses that not all third-party iDevice chargers are dangerous, but adds that its staff are unable to perform any sort of diagnostics. Listen: “Due to the complexity of testing required to detect an unsafe or counterfeit adapter, Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter.”
Finally, Apple promises to dispose of the chargers “in an environmentally friendly way.” Good riddance to potentially lethal rubbish.