Apple investigating iPhone electrocution death

Technology giant probing accident where a Chinese woman was reportedly killed by electric shock after answering a call while her phone was charging.

Technology giant Apple has launched an investigation into the death of a Chinese woman killed by an electric shock she reportedly suffered from answering a call while her iPhone 5 was charging.

Twenty-three-year-old Ma Ailun, who lived in China's western Xinjiang region, died last Thursday, according to the Xinhua news agency (via Reuters).

Apple said in a statement that it was saddened to learn of the event and will look further into the matter.

"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 to Reuters.

"Experts" told Xinhua that mobile phones have an output of only 3-5 volts, not enough to physically harm the human body. It is unclear, then, what caused the accident.

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190 comments
Guy_Brohski
Guy_Brohski

I got a near fatal shock from putting a phone from a phone booth to my ear once. True story.

Hydra270
Hydra270

i know there was reason to use the ear phones(or whatever they are called) set they give with every phone

SebCrakpot1234
SebCrakpot1234

Well you can die from beeing shocked by ANY electronic device given certain circumstances...

Synysteria
Synysteria

Sure, 3-5 volts output on the phone.. Buuuut I'm pretty sure that the voltage from the outlet is much higher, and can transfer between that and the person through the phone..

Or could this be God telling people to stop getting a new iPhone every year? 

focuspuller
focuspuller

That phone call was shocking.

Too soon?

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

And how many times as this happen before?they will cover anything.This post is prove gamespot posts are just a bunch of angry fat kids..ridiculous have some fucking respect ffs

radcrab123
radcrab123

why is everyone in the comments so rude about this women im disgusted of you people

nait2k4
nait2k4

Could be worse, she could have had a Zune.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Well, I admit that in the lights of this event.... Wait... Did I just read "giant probing accident"? That is hilarious.

Garm31
Garm31

Can people be compensated in China? Doe's that right exist in that Orwellian paradise?

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Was she holding something else in the other hand? I once got bitten pretty badly when holding my electric guitar (plugged into an amp connected to the mains) and changing the volume on my stereo...

meatz666
meatz666

iPhone 5 - The biggest thing to happen to Execution by Electricity since the Electric Chair

sujith12
sujith12

the iphone was still charging

something must have been defective in the charger and the iphone 

noandno
noandno

There you are people. If you want to buy an iPhone, make sure it doesn't says "made in china"

Karchy
Karchy

Rise of the machines. This is the END!

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

I think is not possible given the low power of the battery of the phone. As for the voltage, it's 220v in China. No matter what,  my iphone is always used with case. 

D1N02982
D1N02982

Why is this on GameSpot?

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

The iPhone was probably what she touched but the shock was most likely due to very poor wiring that it was plugged into, not the iPhone itself.  Blaming the iPhone is like standing in the rain with a lightning rod attached to your head.

"The lightning rod killed him!"

deadpen
deadpen

Aren't women in china killed for just being women in china?!?!

DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

This news is shocking to me.

DomZeal
DomZeal

I think it's impossible for a charging cellphone to kill a man, because the voltage of battery is only 12V. If the girl was killed by 110V electricity, the phone wouldn't work at all. This case is weird, murder?

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Made in China... not a good thing any more. After all those recalls several years ago, you'd think people would learn

soulless4now
soulless4now

RIP to her. Very shocking death no doubt. 

blkgsr
blkgsr

i would get a s4 if the marketplace had 1/10  the games ios has, i like the s4 better than the iphone 5 for raw specs but it comes down to games and podcast for me

DrkeX
DrkeX

Typical Apple, crappy products that die in months and kill people now, and then they  overprice the items.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

My girlfriend was shocked too and couldn't move her right arm for 2 days. Just get a Samsung, really, best cost-effective out there, I have a really old one (Galaxy 5) and never had a complaint about it, will switch to Galaxy S3 mini soon and I bet I won't miss my shot with it.

justinka777
justinka777

@SebCrakpot1234 no you can die from electrocution not shock. if you get shocked and die from a heart attack or something, it was because you were surprised so much that it caused the heart attack. electricity in this case could have been substituted with someone sneaking up behind her and saying BOO. 

zhurnivuurg
zhurnivuurg

@sujith12 

This was China, so I am wondering if one or both was a counterfeit knockoff...

91210user
91210user

@D1N02982 Honest answer? the iPhone has games. It's now considered to be a gaming platform which a mass audience now.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@D1N02982 iPhones are gaming devices whether people may like it or not. If it was an article saying the same thing about someone being shocked by their PS3 it wouldn't stand out as odd.

Also gaming news may be slow right after E3 so they are keeping new content how they can.

tchanah
tchanah

@deadpen You mean, you have very narrow point of view and stream of knowledge? 

Mantan911
Mantan911

@deadpen Must not laugh... Must call the person racist.... GAAAH!! lol

mathg04
mathg04

@DomZealLittle correction: The battery has only one litium cell, so the voltage is arround 3.7V. A human being feels a voltage from 9V upwards.

btw. All the incidences with exploding batterys happend to be with cheap replacement batteries and I expect nothing else than an unofficial charger, because the official is galvanicaly isolated and fused, therefore impossible for such an incident.

crazyeightz1
crazyeightz1

@DomZeal I think China uses 220v electricity currents.  The risk of shock is very real because those currents are unregulated.  Blame user ignorance or even blame the countries that fail to put in the proper investments to use the 110v system the USA have in place.  But even at 220v the iPhone would not generate enough power on its own by touch to electrocute unless the user was in a tub or she held a torn cord.

Mantan911
Mantan911

@DrkeX Dear random hater,
 It isnt actually phone's fault.

deadpen
deadpen

@tchanah @deadpen Yea my knowledge is as lacking as your ability to figure out sarcasm. Oh yea, did you know that china has a strict one child policy. So baby girls are abandoned and boys are kept since they work. Dumpster divers find baby girls all the time (bbc News)   The result - millions of nameless baby girls in China are simply disappearing. SOOO how about you get some streaming knowledge you dipshit!

deadpen
deadpen

@crazyeightz1 @DomZeal Voltage is not what kills you it is the amps. It only takes 100 milliamps to stop your heart. There are about 833 milliamps in a 100 watt light bulb running off 120 volts.

meatz666
meatz666

@deadpen @tchanah It amuses me how people don't understand a troll comment just for laughs. If you want clever stuff, go read a book, and stop coming to the comment section of gamespot, where nasty people like me and deadpen come to laugh.