Apple Launches Third-Party USB Charger 'Takeback Program'

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    Following the electrocution of a Chinese woman that may have been caused by a counterfeit iPhone charger, Apple will launch a new recycling program on August 16th to dispose of any USB power adapter used with the iPhone and iPad.

    The company is also offering official replacement chargers for $10 to anyone who turns in a suspect adapter. The program was first reported by 9to5Mac.
    To get the discounted charger, users can bring any USB power adapter and an iPhone, iPad or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider. Only one replacement adapter per device is allowed.

    Apple does note that retail stores or service providers cannot give any information about the authenticity or safety of power adapters.

    This is not the first time that Apple has introduced a special support program for USB power adapters. In 2008, Apple issued a recall for USB power adapters included with the iPhone 3G. There were a number of reports that the metal prongs on the ultracompact power adapters could break off and get stuck in the wall. To this day, Apple puts a green dot on new power adapters to differentiate them from the older, recalled models.

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    So I can buy an unofficial charger off eBay for $5, bring it in to Apple and get an official one for $10? That's $5 savings!
     
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    This is a great idea, and a responsible action by Apple.
     
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    With such a discount, I expect people to bring brand new third-party adapters they got for a couple bucks just in order to get the discount. Not that it won't help to avoid people from being electrocuted, but it will create unnecessary waste. Still a good move overall, but I wonder how could this be avoided.
     
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    This either shows that:
    A-Apple is naive
    B-Apple chargers cost them nearly nothing.
     
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    I think I have a cheap $1 charger laying around... hmm..
     
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    Or build one out of a small cardboard cube and stuff a bunch of crappy components in it :p
     
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    I suppose I take in a few of my generic adaptors to get them upgraded. Kind of a deal at the price and then no worries...

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    Wait. Is this for the Lightning cable or the plug? They should do it for Lightning cables, I'd stock up :D
     
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    does it have to look like apple chargers or will they accept any usb charger?
     
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    Or that, you know, Apple's PR know how to turn negative coverage into positive one. It's a brilliant marketing move, and any marketing usually costs money anyway.
     
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    If they weren't price gouging everyone by charging people $20 for their "official" power adapter this wouldn't be near the problem.
     
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    Im leaning towards B.

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    Or buy a secondhand one for 50c and save $9.50.
     
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    Anybody know if this is valid worldwide or US only?
     
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    Right on! x3

    American ingenuity at work, lol

    A cynic's point of view; give them some credit, won't ye?
     
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    they should also replace any cord of theirs that gets frayed(since that could also catch fire/shock you, after it frays withing 2-3 months of use), with a new one
     
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    I take it this is only the plug itself and not the cable? I have some iPhone 5 third-party (clearly fake) chargers. The plug themselves are fine, it's the cables that I would like to exchange.
     
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    I'm sorry, but it's not Apple's responsibility to worry about how cheap, unlicensed, and occasionally faulty third party chargers are priced. If you don't want to fork over the $20 for an extra charger, you get what you pay for. Would it be nice if the official chargers were cheaper? Absolutely! But they're not, and in my opinion, $20 isn't too much to ask for a well built charger.
     
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    I believe this is only for the plug. Those cables are quite the commodity and a whole other matter ;)
     
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    Why? They are a business that owes their shareholders...This just goes to show their chargers are truly overpriced. Not like we didnt already know that...

    But hey, people will pay that price. Im all for making the most $$$. But I dont like to see people parade around like some benevolent do-gooder when we all know they just want to make money like the rest of us.

    EDIT: Also, this is no epidemic. How many people are getting killed by "cheap" chargers? They all come from the same place and are based on the same principle.

    PR stunt.
     

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