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Apple Asks For Third-Party Chargers; Offers Half-Off Replacements

Submitted by on August 7, 2013 – 8:15 amOne Comment

Both Chinese and Western media lit up in recent months when two Chinese iPhone users were electrocuted while using their devices, which  were still plugged in to chargers. (One victim was killed, while the other was left in a coma.) In both cases, use of unauthorized chargers is being cited as a major factor. To combat any further injuries, Apple is calling for users to turn in any potentially dangerous chargers, and even receive a steep discount on a new one.

I’ve occasionally heard of a company offering a trade-in on competitors’ rival products, but I’ve never heard of a company recalling someone else’s product.

But on Tuesday, Apple announced the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program:

If you need a replacement adapter to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter. For a limited time, you can purchase one Apple USB power adapter at a special price — $10 USD or approximate equivalent in local currency. To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until October 18, 2013.

The chargers usually retail for $19, which makes this deal a healthy 47% discount.

At first glance, it seems like Apple is doing this because it’s Apple. It’s the kind of company that cares so much about their products, they don’t want them even associated with inferior accessories (these are the guys who initially wouldn’t allow Flash, remember).

But it’s also possible that there are legitimate concerns about the chargers, even Apple’s own, and they are just covering their bases.

What do you think?

[via Forbes]

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