Apple is offering customers a trade-in deal following reports that third-party iPhone chargers have been connected to user injuries.
The company is allowing customers to swap third-party chargers for certified Apple models at a discount, after a woman in China was electrocuted and killed while using a third-party USB power charger with her iPhone handset.
Apple said that the recall will start on 16 August and will cover both Apple-branded stores and licenced third-party service providers.
“If you need a replacement adapter to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter,” Apple said in a company statement on the matter.
“For a limited time, you can purchase one Apple USB power adapter at a special price – $10 USD or approximate equivalent in local currency.”
The recall comes as Apple is believed to be readying the next version of its iPhone handset. Dubbed the iPhone 5C, the handset could be one of multiple iPhone models aimed at a wider consumer market ranging from entry-level to premium handset customers.
USB chargers have also fallen under scrutiny from users following the release of research on the security of USB connections. A group of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology were able to develop a prototype device, which took advantage of the iPhone's USB connections to take control of the device and remotely install and hide malware on a targeted system.
Though the issue is fixed with the iOS 7 update, analysts have been critical of the security policies of Apple and other mobile vendors.
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