STATES CHRONICLE – Since stock experts said last May that iPhones stock would drop, the company’s sales have dropped a whopping 25%. Ever since, the company has been trying to keep a balance between its usual not at all user friendly ways and a more helpful, good natured way. So, in order to raise customer reliability, Apple recalls AC wall plug adapters as old as 13 years.
Of course, the cynicism in the opening paragraph is simply speculative, but I don’t really see any other reason for the company to recall AC adapters from as far away back as 2003.
The bulk of the adapters recalled by the company are in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and some parts of South America.
The supposedly voluntary recall stemmed from the discovery that in some cases, the adapters would break and risk electrocuting the user if handled improperly.
However, since the affected devices are those shipped from 2003 to 2015, we can be pretty sure that whatever harm the company is claiming to try to avoid has most likely already been done.
More information about the recalled adapters soon followed, with Apple saying that they shipped with certain Mac and iOS devices, and that they also shipped with the Apple World Traveler Adapter Kit.
Four types of adapters are being recalled – the Continental Europe ones with round, thin pins that are a bit slanted inwards, the Korean ones with round, thick pins, the Australian, New Zealander, and Argentinian ones with flat angled blades, and the Brazilian ones with thin, round pins.
Also present on the affected plugs, on the inside slot, near the place where they attach to the Apple power adapters, are either four or five characters, or none at all.
Not affected by the recall are most wall plug adapters from the United States, China, Japan, the UK, as well as the Apple USB power adapters.
Claiming that customer safety has always been a priority for Apple, the company finally recalled adapters shipped between 13 and 1 year ago, which will be exchanged completely free of charge at any Apple Store or any authorized Apple service provider.
The new adapters will have the regional code inscribed on them, for easier future use – AUS, ARG, BRA, or EUR.
Despite the fact that the company is claiming this as a voluntary, well intentioned recall, the facts are pretty obvious.
Faced with declining sales and a new phone – the iPhone 7 – which so far has seen more negative critiques than positive, the company is attempting to do whatever they can to stay positive in the public eye – as long as it doesn’t cost them too much.
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