Oct 28 2008
Last month, Apple announced the Apple Ultracompact USB Power Adapter Exchange Program in which it admitted that the adapters supplied with iPhone 3G and sold separately could “under certain conditions” lose its metal prongs in your wall power outlet, creating a risky situation for you as you try to remove them.
At the time, Apple claimed to have received reports of detached prongs on “a very small percentage of the adapters sold”, but looking at these pictures of a dissected USB Power Adapter I can’t imagine how the instances of “prong failure” could be anything less than commonplace. Depicted here, the prongs only extend into the adapter about 1/8 of an inch and are held in place with some type of glue and a bit of wishful thinking. Nice work.
If you haven’t sent your Ultracompact USB Power Adapter in for an exchange, please, do it today.[ Thanks for the linkage, Gizmodo ]