APPLE HAS ISSUED a recall for some AC power adapters for iPads and MacBooks over fears that they could cause an electric shock.
The recall, which comes just days after Microsoft urged Surface Pro users to ditch potentially flammable chargers, doesn't affect users in the UK, and instead targets iDevice owners in Argentina, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.
Apple stressed that, alongside the UK, kit sold in the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan is unaffected by the problem.
The recall covers two-pronged wall plug adapters sold with Macs, 10-watt adapters shipped with iPads between 2003 and 2015, and Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple described the affected adapters as having "four or five characters, or no characters, on the inside slot" where they attach to the main Apple power brick.
The company said that it is aware of 12 incidents of broken adapters in the past 12 years but didn't specify what those incidents were. However, it did note that "in very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched".
Apple is directing those affected to a dedicated recall website, where they are advised to contact Apple Support with their device serial number or head to a local Genius Bar to sort out a replacement.
This recall comes days after a similar problem at Microsoft when the company issued a voluntary recall on power adaptors for the Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 devices.
A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement sent to The INQUIRER: "As a result of damage caused by AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time, a very small proportion of Surface Pro customers have reported issues with their AC power cord." µ
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