Following an electrocution in China reportedly caused by a third-party power adapter that was connected to an iPhone, Apple has announced a power adapter trade-in program that allows iPhone, iPad or iPod owners trade their third-party USB power adapter for an official one.

Last month, Apple said that it would investigate the death of 23-year-old Chinese woman Ma Ailun, who died after she was electrocuted by an iPhone 5 that was charging via a third-party power adapter. Later that week, a second person was shocked by their iPhone's power adapter, and was left in a coma for several days..

Following the investigation, Apple has launched the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, which aims to ensure iPhone, iPad and iPod owners have access to an official Apple power adapter.

The program, which will begin 16 August, lets customers drop their USB power adapter off at an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider where it will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, says the company.

Plus, Apple is offering its Apple USB power adapter for $10 (that's around £6.50), for a limited time. In order to get the offer, you'll need to trade in one third-party USB power adapter, and bring your iOS device to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider so they can check your serial number. This offer will be available until 18 October, and is limited to one adapter per device.

"Customer safety is a top priority at Apple," the company says on its support page. "That's why all of our products – including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad and iPod – undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world."

Apple does highlight that not all counterfeit and third-party adapters are unsafe, but notes that it is unable to advise you on the authenticity or safety of your adapter.

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