Recently, the electrocution death of a China Southern Airlines hostess on July 11, 2013 gives you an alert – “Don’t answer phone calls while it charging!” The reason for Ma Ailun’s death is that she used a non-Apple USB charger for her iPhone 5. Now, Apple announces a global programme to replace all third-party and counterfeit USB power adaptors and they will off cut-price chargers to all its customers in a bit to wipe out counterfeits.
Apple has sold tens of millions of its devices and an ecosystem of third-party accessories (cases, speaker docks, car chargers, USB chargers of all types) has sprung up to service those iFans. While it’s not in charge of the manufacturing and design of that third-party gear, Apple could suffer by association if it didn’t address user fears on the safety of equipment made by these unofficial partners.
“When you need to charge the iPhone or iPad, we recommend that you use the standard USB charger and USB cable,” Apple advises on its site. “These chargers and cables are also available separately from Apple and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple always put the user’s safety first, so all of our products are subject to stringent safety and reliability testing, and designed to meet government safety standards around the world, including for the iPhone and iPad USB power charger.”
For its advice, most people might think that Apple just want to make more money by telling people to buy its more expensive products. Cutting its USB charger prices is a wise move. Besides, buying the original USB charger can make you feel it can ensure your safe, but the most important thing you should remember is no phone call with your phone charging.