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After a Chinese woman was electrocuted by a counterfeit Apple charger whilst talking on her iPhone, Apple have introduced a new trade-in programme in which those who have purchased a counterfeit charger can trade-in for a genuine charger for a price of $10 (£6.50 approx.)

Apple began investigating the death of the woman, later identified as Ma Ailun in mid-July, later coming to the conclusion and confirming that the counterfeit charger which was plugged into and charging the iPhone at the time was the cause of death.

In order to help the owners of Apple products to identify counterfeit chargers the Chinese Apple website has recently been updated with the relevant information and details.

The programme will run for a limited time only from August the 16th through to the 18th of October.

In order to make a trade-in the owner of the charger and Apple product must provide the serial number of their iPhone, iPod or iPad which the charger has been used with along with the $10 fee. However, owners will only be able to trade in one charger per Apple item they own. The trade-ins can be made in Apple stores or through authorised service providers.

Safety issues with third party chargers prompt trade-in programme

It has now been confirmed by Apple that they will dispose of the chargers in “an environmentally friendly way.”

Whilst we agree that buying a counterfeit charger may be a good way to save a bit of money, it’s sometimes better to spend a little more in the knowing that you will be buying a genuine charger made by Apple.

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