Apple on Monday detailed a new program where owners of third-party iPhone, iPod and iPad adapters can trade their products in for an Apple charger for $10 — roughly half the typical price of a new Apple charger.
“Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues,” Apple said on a website announcing the program. “While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.”
Although Apple has in the past had replacement programs when there have been issues with its own products, this appears to be the first time it has offered such a program for products made by others.
The program is a global one, kicking off Aug. 9 in China and Aug. 16 in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Customers will be able to go to any Apple retail store or authorized service provider and exchange one charger for every iPad, iPhone and iPod that they own. Users have to also bring in their iOS device to validate the serial number.
Details are available on Apple's website: http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter-takeback/.