In a rare but not entirely unprecedented incident, a man in Thailand was
reportedly declared dead after being electrocuted while using his
Apple iPhone 4S
when it was charging. It's worth pointing out that the charger
was found to be third-party one, and not the original Apple-supplied
As per a Tech In Asia
report, the 28-year old man from Chanthaburi province was found dead in
his room with burn marks across the body and hand. The report claims
that the man was holding his iPhone 4S at the time of death and that the
smartphone was hooked to a power outlet.
While the exact cause of
death has not been ascertained, the report speculates that the man
might have been talking on the smartphone while charging it, and that
the charger could have overheated resulting in the electrocution.
a similar incident, a Chinese woman was killed by an electric shock when answering a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging in July
this year. Soon after, Apple announced a probe looking into the death of the woman. Previously, an Apple
iPhone 5 even exploded during phone call in Thailand.
To counter such incidents
involving unauthorised after-market accessories, Apple had in August
announced a trade-in program for third-party chargers, where people with counterfeit or third-party power adaptors could swap them for
certified Apple models for the local equivalent of $10.
has not been far from such incidents as well, as the company's 2013
flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 reportedly
exploded and burned down a house in Hong Kong.