Apple Launches Exchange Program for 5W European USB Power Adapter

Apple today launched a exchange program in 36 countries for certain models of its 5W European USB power adapter, which the company says may overheat and pose a safety risk in some cases, reports German site iFun (Google Translate).

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The affected adapters, which are identified as Model A1300, originally came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models that shipped from October 2009 to September 2012. Apple is allowing users to bring in the affected adapters to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider, and will give a new adapter after a corresponding iPhone serial number is verified.

The program differs from Apple's third-party USB charger takeback program, which launched last year in over thirty countries. That program allows users to trade-in a third-party USB charger for a discount on an official Apple charger, and was created following the electrocution of a Chinese woman that may have been caused counterfeit iPhone charger.

Tag: ifun.de

Top Rated Comments

arbitter Avatar
105 months ago
Still confused.
Not entirely sure what could be confusing about reading a model number...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apfelmann Avatar
105 months ago
Is this the new Mac mini?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
peterh988 Avatar
105 months ago
Just had a look, not affected, but needed an electron microscope to read the number!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wayfarer Avatar
105 months ago
That redesign of the "CE" though! Newsworthy because graphic design tickles my fancy.

Now it is consistent and harmonious with the other icons.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
105 months ago
I have one of those iPhones but my adaptor looks nothing like the illustration - it certainly doesn't have a rhomboid shape but is the old block shape like the one the first iPhone shipped with in Europe.
I don't know about Switzerland, but in Germany the adapters that shipped with 3GS and later look exactly like this.

It looks like your graphic artist created an illustration of what his charger looked like (using a US model) and linked it with an article about a European model. I mean, Europe is just like Kansas, isn't it?
Are we talking about the illustration they copied straight from Apple's exchange website (http://www.apple.com/uk/support/usbadapter-european/)?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Konrad9 Avatar
105 months ago
Next recall must be this disaster:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4766577?tstart=0

Apple has no disasters, everything is perfect and any problems are caused by user error or overbearing fascist stalinist liberal conservative socialist communist libertarian governments.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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