Apple announces a worldwide trade-in program due to unsanctioned chargers

Apple announces a worldwide trade-in program due to unsanctioned chargers

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In recent times, there have been concerns over dangerous shocks and electrocution due to unsanctioned chargers for Apple products. Due to this issue, Apple announced a trade-in program on August 5, 2013. This means that, from August 16, 2013, the company will exchange counterfeit or third-party power adapters for certified Apple models for the local equivalent of $10 across the globe.

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The company in a blog post said, “Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues”. The blog post went on to state that not all third-party adapters have an issue, but they are announcing a USB power Adapter Takeback Program which will allow customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

In order to make this happen, owners of the Apple products will have to bring their unwanted chargers along with their corresponding iPod, iPad or iPhone to an Apple Retail Store or to an authorized Apple service provider. The company added that device serial numbers have to be valid in order to qualify for the adapter trade-in program, which will last until October 18, 2013.

In July 2013, a woman in China died of electrocution as she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging.

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