“In response to a fatal incident involving a non-Apple iPhone power adapter, Apple has begun to do the right thing by offering lower cost adapters to some consumers — but has the company really gone as far as it should to prevent this problem?” Jonny Evans asks via Computerworld.
“It is great that Apple has commenced its scheme just a few days since the tragic death of its Chinese customer. The speed and manner of its response is yet more evidence that this firm tries to act as a corporately responsible citizen. Where others prefer to lay low and hope the mud doesn’t stick, Apple has instead launched a major initiative to help put things right,” Evans writes. “That’s great, but the company hasn’t (yet) gone far enough.”
Evans writes, “There’s one primary reason people choose to purchase cheap power adapters for Apple devices from unapproved manufacturers: Price… I respect that Apple is a business. I understand that the strong mark-ups it applies to its cables and peripherals help the firm maintain its high profit margins… However, I also recognize that high margins on Apple peripherals are precisely why a third party industry for unapproved solutions exists.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Ill-conceived nonsense frosted with illogical tripe. Apple’s not your mommy and they’ve already gone well beyond the call of duty this time.
Where does this infantile line of so-called thinking end?
Apple should instead put a big sign on every iOS device that states:
If you can’t come up with friggin’ $19.99 for a real, quality-controlled, tested, safe, approved, non-electrocuting Apple USB Power Adapter, then you can’t afford an iOS device. Good day.
Life is inherently a risk. It can’t all be mitigated. Welcome to reality.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
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