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Teen dies using frayed charging cable

Teen dies using frayed charging cable
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Have you purchased an iPhone X yet? If $999 is too steep, have you thought about upgrading to the iPhone 8?

There are loads of reasons to upgrade or make the switch from Android, as we've been telling you for months. There are compelling features like facial-recognition technology and wireless charging.

But one serious warning. If you're new to Apple or haven't kept up to speed on Apple and its iPhones, you may not know that Apple is emphatic when it comes to using third-party peripherals.

Those are cables, earbuds and other iPhone accessories that aren't manufactured by Apple. Now, there's a terrifying death of a teenage girl to make you heed Apple's warnings.

Apple's online support for iPhone lightning connector, for instance, warns: If you use a counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessory, you could see these issues:

  • Your iOS device could become damaged
  • The cable might be easily damaged
  • The connector end might fall off, get very hot, or might not fit properly into your device
  • You might not be able to sync or charge your device

That third warning, where it says "might fall off, get very hot, or might not fit properly into your device" has a powerful new urgency. A teenager recently died in Vietnam while charging her iPhone.

Teenager Electrocuted

A 14-year-old girl, Le Thi Xoan, died while charging her smartphone. Doctors confirmed that she was electrocuted, according to AOL.

The question is, "Was she electrocuted by an iPhone charging cable?" Initial indications are that she may have been using an Apple knockoff.

The teenager was found dead in her bed next to a burnt, frayed charger. So far there is no word on whether or not it was a certified iPhone charger, according to several reports.

This is a good reminder to always be cautious when charging your electronics. Why risk getting electrocuted with a third-party charger?

Instead, use one manufactured by Apple or certified by Apple. Look for these Made For iPhone logos.

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Click here to find out how to find a virus on your iPhone and how to get rid of it.

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