Woman Dead After iPhone Zap: Family
Apple looking into China death; unlikely phone is to blame
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
In this file photo, a customer tests the new iPhone 5 at the Apple store in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

(Newser) – The family of a 23-year-old Chinese woman says she was electrocuted when she answered her charging iPhone. The story has prompted an investigation into the death by Apple as it makes waves on Chinese social media, the Wall Street Journal reports. A local official says Ma Ailun's "neck had an obvious electronic injury." But it's not certain whether the phone, charger, or neither are to blame; nor is it clear which model iPhone she was using.

Uncertified chargers are widespread in China, according to the China Consumers' Association, which says they can make a phone a "pocket grenade." Fortune doubts the phone is to blame, citing a range of other electrocution risks via China's Yahoo site, including frayed wires. The woman left the bathtub to answer the phone, which could have lowered her resistance to electrocution, the Atlantic Wire notes. But "the likelihood of electrocution by iPhone is very, very low. It takes a lot of very particular circumstances that unfortunately transpired for Ma Ailun, which probably is why this is the first news report of this ever happening," writes Rebecca Greenfield.

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Jul 16, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
There is a sad special about this: http://stuff-appletards-say.blogspot.ch/2013/07/part-30-chinese-woman-dies-rip.html
Jul 16, 2013 1:20 AM CDT
Injury from exploding Iphones have happened before by a manufacturing flaw so I wouldn't be surprised that it can happen again..
Jul 15, 2013 9:11 PM CDT
First thing to do, since it was in China, is to find out if it is an iPhone or a Chinese rip-off counterfeit phone, as well as do the same for the charger. This is so common. One never knows if they are buying something real here or just a knock-off, even in the bigger shopping malls. Brand names are not protected well, if at all. Just people trying to make a fast buck.