Remember how a Chinese flight attendant was electrocuted to death when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 that was charging? While Apple is still investigating on that case that happened last month, the Cupertino company has just announced a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to ensure that their customers are using properly designed adapters.
Starting 16 August 2013, you can drop off any of your existing USB power adapters at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Providers, and you can purchase a new Apple USB power adapter at a special price of USD$10, or approximate equivalent in local currency (about RM32); the original local price is RM69.
The program will start on 16 August 2013 and will run until 18 October 2013. To qualify for the trade-in program, you must bring along an adapter as well as an Apple device – iPhone, iPad or iPod for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad and iPad you own.
We’re not sure if the program is available for Malaysia though Apple did mention in its announcement that the power adapter can be purchased at a special price of USD$10 or “approximate equivalent in local currency” and it’s available in Apple Authorized Service Provider, so let’s hope that this is an international move. Stay tuned as we keep you updated.
Meanwhile, will you iOS users trade in your USB power adapter and pay Apple RM32 for a new one from them?