Apple announces takeback program for USB chargers after woman’s death

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A team of researchers from Georgia Tech say they’ve discovered, and can demonstrate, a way to to hack into an iPhone or iPad in less than a minute using a “malicious charger.”

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CUPERTINO, Calif. – Consumers who have safety concerns about USB power adapters for Apple products including: iPhone, iPad and iPod, can exchange them a retail store starting August 16.

Apple announced on Tuesday that one replacement adapter may be purchased for $10. This development comes after a Chinese woman was reportedly electrocuted while talking on her iPhone 5 as it was charging with a third-party adapter.

Apple stated in a press release that consumers must bring the charger and corresponding hardware for serial number validation. The $10 special pricing only goes through October 18, 2013. The release also said they cannot verify the authenticity or safety of a third-party charger, but have set up the exchange to alleviate any safety concerns.

For more information on store locations and identifying the authenticity of an Apple product, go to this support page.



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