Friday, July 19, 2013

Electrocuted by iPhone: Woman electrocuted while answering charging iPhone

Electrocuted by iPhone: Woman electrocuted while answering charging iPhone, “Electrocuted by iPhone,” is a headline that catching the eye of many cell phone users today. According to Cnet Asia on July 15, a 23-year-old woman in South China died from being electrocuted by her iPhone when she went to answer a call coming in on her plugged in and charging Apple iPhone 5.

Ma Ailun, who was a flight attendant in Xinjiang, China, died last week when she answered the Smartphone at her home. The phone and all the accessories have been handed over to the authorities who have started an investigation into the case.

Apple has offered their condolences and report that they have every intention of cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this death due to electrocution. Apple, which is based in Cupertino California, announced on Sunday that they would "thoroughly investigate" this incident claiming their iPhone caused electrocution.

As of right now, there's not enough information to conclude if Ma was electrocuted due to something with the iPhone or if it could possibly the electrical wiring in her home.

While cases of iPhone batteries heating up, resulting in the phone going up in flames have been reported in the past, this case of electrocution is far different from that.

According to UPI.com today, the news came out after Ma's brother posted this on his social network site, which is the equivalent to Facebook in the U.S.. The post went viral. He wrote:

"[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."

Ma Guanghui, the dead woman's father, said his daughter's body showed signs of electrocution. This was backed up by local officials who confirmed that the flight attendant did die from electrocution, but they didn't verify the iPhone as being the cause. An Apple spokesperson released a statement saying:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences. ... We will fully investigate and co-operate with authorities in this matter."

Ma purchased the iPhone back in December at an official Apple store. She was using the original charger to recharge the phone when the incident occurred.

People experience an electrical shock when they are zapped with 36 volts, but the iPhone only puts out three to five volts, which is not enough to electrocute a human, experts report, according to UPI.com. "However, if the charger or the circuit has a problem, such as a broken wire, it can lead to a shock of 220 volts," this is a quote from a high school physics teacher who was quoted during a media report.
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