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  • Chinese Family Claims Electrocution from Charging iPhone Caused Daughter's Death


    According to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, the family of a 23-year old woman from Northwest China is claiming that she died after getting electrocuted while trying to answer a call on her iPhone while it was charging. Authorities are still said to be examining the situation and trying to figure out whether it was the mobile phone which caused the electrocution. Not surprisingly, the family is seeking compensation from Apple over the whole ordeal. The older sister of the victim demanded an explanation from Apple over the incident on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo. She had written the following:

    (I) hope that Apple Inc can give us an explanation. I also hope that all of you will refrain from using your mobile devices while charging.
    The post has gone viral in China with people forwarding the message and warning family and friends of the dangers of using mobile devices while they are being charged. Experts have also warned against the use of any electronic device while it’s being charged according to the South China Morning Post. Dr. Peter Chiu Ping-kuen, the head of the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at the Hong Kong institute of Vocational Education said that it would not be appropriate to jump to any conclusions since the circumstances of the incident are not yet known.

    The Cupertino California company was quick to issue a statement regarding the matter, stating that the company felt “deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident” as it expressed condolences to the victim’s family. Apple is also said to be investigating the incident thoroughly to discover what the reasoning behind the death was.

    Although we’ve heard of some bizarre situations in the past, this is the first electrocution based incident we’ve heard so far. Most previous issues regarding harm from iOS devices have been explosions which have been attributed to bad repair jobs at unauthorized service center or counterfeit iPhone chargers. We’ll have to wait and see what the reasoning behind the electrocution was.

    Source: The Next Web, South China Morning Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chinese Family Claims Electrocution from Charging iPhone Caused Daughter's Death started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      An educated person will prove their point with facts and reasoning, while others resort to personal attacks.
      A smart person does not simply repeatedly state complete and utter nonsense like "if you don't use the adapter like it is supposed to be to be use," and "Learn how to use equipment properly." out of his own ignorance. You twice simply attempt to disqualify the person who posted a reasonable comment on the problems and limitations of several chargers being poorly engineered. Yet, you can't really justify at all why one was not using the adapter properly. Yet you persist on the same nonsense "learn how to use...". Hence the qualifier, which you--sadly--mostly deserve.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Serge.H View Post
      This has gone viral on the internet..
      Probably a fake iphone, fake connector, fake lawsuit.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      A smart person does not simply repeatedly state complete and utter nonsense like "if you don't use the adapter like it is supposed to be to be use," and "Learn how to use equipment properly." out of his own ignorance. You twice simply attempt to disqualify the person who posted a reasonable comment on the problems and limitations of several chargers being poorly engineered. Yet, you can't really justify at all why one was not using the adapter properly. Yet you persist on the same nonsense "learn how to use...". Hence the qualifier, which you--sadly--mostly deserve.
      I don't understand why you are getting so worked up. I personally no longer care what you think, so continue typing whatever you want.