Apple’s $10 USD Trade-in: USB Power Adapter Takeback Program
Apple is investigating the death of a Chinese flight attendant who was electrocuted while answering a call with an iPhone 5 connected to a charger. The company is now taking a step to ease fears about potentially faulty USB power adapters. Though Apple did not identify whether the power adapter involved in the fatal incident was from a third-party manufacturer, they explained that “recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.”
With that in mind, Apple is instituting the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, which will let customers purchase genuine USB power adapters for iPad, iPhone or iPod for USD $10 (or approximate equivalent in local currency) if they return their current adapters. The program will run from August 16th, 2013 until October 18th, 2013 through Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.
While the company does draw attention to concerns with chargers made by other manufacturers, it point out that “not all third party adapters have an issue.” If you are interested in trading your charger for some peace of mind, you will have to head to an Apple retail store or an authorized service provider between August 16th and October 18th.
Apple Retail Store in Shenzhen is located at:
No. 9028 Shennan Avenue