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China, Apple Investigate Death by iPhone 5 Electrocution

Jul 15, 2013

A Chinese woman’s death is being blamed on her answering a call on her Apple iPhone 5 smartphone.

Reuters is relaying a report from China’s Xinhua state-run media which first reported the death of 23-year-old Ma Ailun. Ma is from China’s Xinjiang province and worked as a flight attendant for China Southern Airlines. Ma was charging her iPhone 5 when she received a call. As she answered it, she supposedly received the fatal shock.

Apple, responding to reports of the young woman’s death, said it would join the investigation. Ma’s sister Tweeted a message to her deceased sister’s followers telling the story of how her sibling died. That short message quickly made the rounds on Twitter. In that Tweet, Ma’s sister also warned iPhone 5 users to be careful when using their smartphones.

Apple did not respond to questions about whether this was just an isolated incident.

In the past, we’ve reported on numerous dangers linked not only to iPhones but other smartphone and cell phones, alike. There is enough speculation to believe that these devices could increase a person’s risk of developing tumors and cancer, especially on the part of their body they hold the cell phone against the most. Some international groups, including the World Health Organization, have issued warnings about this, while U.S. officials remain mum on the potential risks associated with cell phones.

China is Apple’s second-largest market worldwide. Many media reports recently focused on the growing counterfeit market in China for Apple products, including full-size counterfeit stores that emulate every aspect of a real Apple store.

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