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Apple Announces Program to Kick out Power Adapter Counterfeits – Trade-in for an Original for $10

August 6, 2013 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments


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If you’ve been using a third-party or compatible power adapter for your iDevices so far, here’s a good news for your. Following the controversy regarding the safety of counterfeit and third-party charging adapters for iPad, iPhone and iPad, Apple announces a new trade-in program kick out these adapters.

The program will officially kickoff on August 16th at both official Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Apple Resellers. This program allows any iDevice user who feels uncomfortable with their adapter and to purchase an original unit at a discounted price of $10.  Customers must bring in their corresponding device in order to be applicable.

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.

Apple will recycle all the traded-in adapters. This is comes after Apple launched an investigation on last month’s incident when a Chinese flight attendant was fatally electrocuted when getting out of the bath to answer a call on her iPhone 5 while it was plugged into the charger. Immediately following this incident, Apple created  a new webpage to properly identify Apple-built adapters.

More info of Apple’s official announcement:

Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.

Customer safety is a top priority at Apple. That’s why all of our products — including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod — undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.

Starting August 16, 2013, if you have concerns about any of your USB power adapters, you can drop them off at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider. We will ensure that these adapters are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

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.

Note: Due to the complexity of testing required to detect an unsafe or counterfeit adapter, Apple Retail and Apple Authorized Service Providers cannot advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter. We are offering this special takeback program for any USB power adapter made for use with iPhone, iPad, and iPod for which you have concerns.

 

[source: 9to5 Mac]



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