iPhone 5 Allegedly Kills 23-year-old Chinese Woman; Apple Investigates

Xinhua Net reports that a 23-year-old woman from northwest China was killed by an electric shock after answering her iPhone 5 while it was charging. Apple is investigating the case.


The young girl, Ma Ailun, was a stewardess with China’s Southern Airlines and was expecting to be married on August 8th. Unfortunately, according to her sister who spread the news on Sina Weibo, she was electrocuted while answering a phone call on her iPhone 5 last week on July 11.

The victim’s older sister was asking for an explanation from Apple on the Chinese social media on Sunday. According to information obtained by Reuters, Apple has issued a statement saying the company felt deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident and expressed condolences to the victim and her family.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter,” Apple said in an e-mail.

It is yet unknown whether the victim was using a certified iPhone charger or not. It is known that uncertified chargers can turn handsets into “pocket grenades” capable of causing explosions or electric shock.