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Apple to Swap iPhone Power Adapters

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Aug 5, 2013, 7:49 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple today announced the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, which will allow iPhone (and iPad and iPod) owners to hand over third-party USB adapters for new Apple USB adapters. Apple is not handing out free adapters, however. Rather than swap third-party chargers for Apple chargers directly, Apple will sell an Apple USB charger to people who turn in a third-party charger for $10 (about half price). iPhone owners will need to bring in their device to an Apple Store so the serial number can be verified. The program begins August 16 and will run through October 18. Apple launched the USB Power Takeback program due to injuries caused by faulty third-party chargers used with Apple products. Apple said that its customers' safety its the company's top priority. It will dispose of the turned-on adapters in an environmentally friendly way.


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Aug 6, 2013, 10:52 AM

Injuries caused by 3rd party adaptors

I have never, ever, not even for the first charge, ever used an "apple" branded adaptor for my ipod. Never. I can tell you - I have not been injured.
and this was the conclusion. Better safe than sorry.
"I have never, ever, not even for the first charge, ever used an "apple" branded adaptor for my ipod. Never. I can tell you - I have not been injured"

hmmm... well the dead can't post...

Aug 6, 2013, 12:08 AM

Selling you a USB cable for a mere $10

Is there no limit to their generosity?
Nice way to embarrass yourself. 🤣
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Aug 6, 2013, 11:43 AM

Here's why Apple power adapters cost what they do

lol at the chart for the counterfeit charge for the iPhone.
They rate the HP charger as better than the apple. Go to Amazon and look at item B0055QYJJM.

It sure looks like the same barrel-shaped AC-USB adapter from HP, plus a standard USB cable included (apple offering only the adapter for $10).

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They cost "what they do" because Apple has an extremely high markup. They will still make a lot of money selling them for 1/2 price. Anyone who thinks Apple is doing this solely because they "care about their customer's safety" is naive.

Aug 6, 2013, 9:20 AM


Unless they're taking damaged or nonfunctional adapters in this trade-in program, this is pretty par for the course for Apple - shafting their customers and making them love it.
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