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Old 07-17-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A woman electrocuted by an iPhone has died in China and Apple is now investigating the claims -- and potentially the cause. On July 15, the Los Angeles Times reported that a 23-year-old woman was talking on her phone while it was charging and she got electrocuted. The woman has been identified as Ma Ailun, a China Southern Airlines flight attendant. The accident occurred last Thursday.

Electrocuted by iPhone: Apple investigating after 23-year-old dies - Boston News | Examiner.com
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: 92037
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Been following this.

Wonder if it was a real iPhone or a fake.

If it was real, I am guessing it had been tampered with somehow internally (eg. replaced the battery with a Chinese aftermarket from eBay)

Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The theory of an aftermarket (non-OEM) charger also came up in other forums on the internet. That could easily be a cause of the tragedy.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Wow, this is not cool. Let's hope she survived.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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The theory of an aftermarket (non-OEM) charger also came up in other forums on the internet. That could easily be a cause of the tragedy.
Exactly dontaskwhy.

Almost all batteries these days are Lithium Ion and actually have small chips in them to 'talk' to the phone. If this battery or charger was not OEM or faulty somehow, this could happen.
They are sort of smart batteries. Back in the day Lithium Ion batts were unstable and they used to use NiCad as they were more stable but drained rather quickly and heavier.

I think there is a piece to the puzzle that is missing. I certainly think there was tampering or a fake component used.
Cracked screens for example are very popular these days. It could very well be an aftermarket display, charger (like you said) battery or other higher current component.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Wow, this is not cool. Let's hope she survived.
Unfortunately, she died.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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Wow, this is not cool. Let's hope she survived.
You can see by the text in the link she didn't, generally when someone dies they don't survive
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Hard to imagine there's enough energy in a smartphone to electrocute someone. Wondering if there was some other condition this woman had that the "malfunction" triggered something else, like a heart attack.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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By definition, Electrocute indicates death by electricity intentionally or accidentally.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Exactly dontaskwhy.

Almost all batteries these days are Lithium Ion and actually have small chips in them to 'talk' to the phone. If this battery or charger was not OEM or faulty somehow, this could happen.
They are sort of smart batteries. Back in the day Lithium Ion batts were unstable and they used to use NiCad as they were more stable but drained rather quickly and heavier.

I think there is a piece to the puzzle that is missing. I certainly think there was tampering or a fake component used.
Cracked screens for example are very popular these days. It could very well be an aftermarket display, charger (like you said) battery or other higher current component.
There should be insulation between the battery and the contact point of the phone. The type of battery or charger should have nothing to do with it.
This is clearly an Apple issue, unless the phone was a knockoff. Or was completely disassembled and tampered with.
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