Could Your iPhone 5 Electrocute You If You Answer It While It’s Charging?
If you have an Apple iPhone 5 and you use it regularly while it’s on the charger, we have some advice for you: Be careful. Recently, a Chinese women was killed when she answered her iPhone 5 while it was charging. The 23-year-old woman named Ma Ailun died suddenly after her iPhone 5 reportedly electrocuted her when she answered it. Apple is already investigating the woman’s death to see how in the world something like this could have happened.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family,” Apple said in a statement. “We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter.”
So is this an isolated case where something went tragically wrong with Ma’s iPhone 5—or is there a flaw in the iPhone 5 design that makes electrocution a very real possibility for anyone who uses the phone while it’s charging? The truth is that Apple is not sure at this point. They’re going to look into it further to see exactly what happened when Ma was talking on her phone that led to her getting electrocuted. But because they’re not sure if it was Ma’s specific iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5 design as a whole that caused her death, you should be careful when you use your phone on the charger. In all likelihood, your iPhone 5 is not going to kill you if you talk on it while it’s charging. But until an investigation has been conducted, be careful.
In addition to running tests on the iPhone 5 and investigating Ma’s death further, Apple is also going to need to regain the trust of Chinese consumers. The iPhone 5 is huge in China, and Apple cannot afford to lose the faith of the Chinese people. So look for them to do everything in their power to make the next iPhone safer than ever before. They have to make sure that what happened to Ma never happens again or they could potentially have a very, very big problem on their hands moving forward.
Does this story make you scared to use your iPhone 5?