If you are currently using a cheap, knock-off charger for your iPhone, you have the chance to trade it in with apple for a real one. This isn’t just a case of Apple being nice; it could literally save your life.
After a spate of incidences involving third-party chargers and batteries for iPhones and other smart phones, Apple has been forced into action. They have launched the “USB Power Adapter Take Back Programme”, which offers the opportunity to purchase an official Apple USB Power Adapter for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod at a discount price of $10 (or its equivalent if you’re not from the USA). This offer will be available from the 16th of August, and will end on October 18th 2013. These new, official chargers can be purchased from your local Apple Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider. To participate in this offer, you must turn in at least one unofficial charger and bring your Apple product along with you for serial number validation.
According to some reports, the problem with knock-off chargers is most prevalent in China, but affects many other countries as well. A full list of countries that support this offer is available on Apple’s official website, which includes the USA, the UK and several other European and Asian territories.
This campaign comes in the wake of a barrage of stories involving knock-off chargers inflicting various degrees of harm to users. Researchers from The Georgia Institute of Technology recently claimed that they could bypass Apple’s protective software within one minute of being plugged into a malicious charger.
On a more serious level, there have been reports of incidences of Samsung Galaxy smart phones catching fire when plugged into counterfeit chargers in Germany and Dubai. Perhaps the most serious incident happened in China, where a young woman was tragically killed when answering the phone after getting out of the bath. Although touching any electronic item after having been in contact with water is inadvisable, a phone cannot produce enough of a shock to kill a person. However, a damaged charger can. Perhaps most worryingly of all, the woman’s family claimed that she bought the phone from an official Apple Store. However, the incident has been reported to Apple, who claimed they would investigate the incident, and this “Takeback Programme” will hopefully go some way to combat this danger.
Apple promise that they will dispose of all chargers in an environmentally friendly way, and offer advice on finding your nearest retail store, as well as how to identify an official charger, on their official website. Although these horror stories could seem like potential scaremongering, it is better to be safe than sorry, and we advise that you get down to your local Apple Store as soon as possible if you think that you are in possession of one of these knock-off chargers.
If you are currently using a cheap, knock-off charger for your iPhone, you have the chance to trade it in with apple for a real one. This isn’t just a case of Apple being nice; it could literally save your life...