Following the much publicised electrocution cases in China and elsewhere, Apple last week announced a USB power adaptor takeback program. The program was devised for anyone with an unofficial USB adaptor for iOS devices to exchange it for an Apple built-in unit at a cut-rate price of US$10.
The program was rolled out in China initially, kicking off there on 9 August, with the US due to follow suit on 16 August.
Now, Apple has announced on its Support Page that several other countries will also be able to utilise the scheme, available through Apple retail stores and selected authorised resellers. They include Australia, where the discounted price will be $14 including GST. Also on the list are Canada (CAD$11), France and Germany (10 euro), Japan (1000 yen) and the UK (£8 GBP including VAT).
As with the US, the scheme in these additional markets will start on 16 August and run through until 18 October.
“To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorised Service Provider for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until 18 October 2013,” says the Apple Support Page.
The website 9to5mac.com has also suggested that for the duration of the takeback program, each Apple Store will have at least one iOS Device ‘genius’ available at all times to assist with the trade-ins and that staff have already been trained in the handling of the trade-ins.
by Macworld Australia staff