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| August 13, 2013
Apple Extends USB Power Adapter Takeback Program Beyond US And China
Initially available in the U.S. and China, Apple's recently launched USB Power Adapter Takeback Program has been made available in other countries as well. As reported by 9to5Mac, the trade-in program has been updated by Apple to support customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K., in addition to the U.S. and China. The program, which already started last Aug. 9 in China but is yet to begin on Aug. 16 in the U.S. and the other countries, allows customers to get replacement chargers for their iDevices with Apple's special discount pricing. Under the program, a replacement charger may be purchased at an Apple Retail Store or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider for $10 in the U.S., 68 RMB in China, $14 in Australia, $11 in Canada, 10 € in France, 10 € in Germany, ￥1,000 in Japan, and £8 in the U.K. Note that this is a limited-time offer, as it is valid until Oct. 18 only. Apple launched the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program following a couple of unfortunate incidents in China involving certain third-party adapters. In the first of these incidents, 23-year-old Ma Ailun died after suffering electrocution from a charging iPhone. In the second one, 30-year-old Wu Jiantong was shocked when he was connecting his iPhone to a charger.