Apple has announced a new power adapter ‘take back’ programme, following a series of incidents in which users have been electrocuted by unbranded, third-party chargers.
In one case, a person is said to have died while making a call while her iPhone 5 was charging.
In a statement on its website, Apple said: “Customer safety is a top priority at Apple.
That’s why all of our products - including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod - undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.”
The programme will allow users to trade-in their third-party adapters and get an Apple one for a ‘special price’.
That’s $10 in the US and the ‘approximate equivalent’ here in the UK. We’re awaiting official confirmation, but that’s likely to be £10 on these shores.
As Apple cannot test the safety of third-party adapters, it says it’ll take any charger that you feel is unsafe. The scheme is set to begin on August 16th.