Media outlets say the 23-year-old Chinese woman fatally electrocuted while she talked on her charging iPhone and a Chinese man who’s now in a coma both appeared to be using knockoff chargers for their iPhone 4 devices.
Knockoff chargers often don’t meet standards for electrical safety; they’re made by low-cost suppliers that in turn offer cheaper pricing than Apple.
The woman died this month and now reports are surfacing about another citizen in China, a man named Wu Jian Tong, who was plugging in an iPhone 4 to a third-party charger. Tong’s sister told reporters she heard her brother shout, "I’m getting shocked," and that she felt "needle-like pains on my fingertips" when she tried to unplug the iPhone.
Tong remains in a coma; doctors say he suffered severe oxygen deprivation to his brain as the result of electrical shock.
This isn’t the first time reports have surfaced about iPhones having electrical or battery-related hazards. Some users have reported smoke coming from their devices, and in some instances, small fires starting.
Apple is expected to release its seventh-generation iPhone, the 5S, later this year. The company has promised to investigate the Chinese woman’s death and has yet to release a statement regarding Tong.