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iPhone AC adapters failing

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri July 27, 2007

iPhone AC adapters failing

It appears that a number of wall power adapters (AC) for iPhones are failing. A post by Jason D. O'Grady reports that Rob Parker from the PowerPage podcast reported that his iPhone AC adapter, O'Grady and his wife all experienced an inability to charge their phones with their AC adapters. O'Grady writes: "tested both with other iPhone USB cables, iPod USB cables, with and without the iPhone dock and in several known-good power outlets. Nada. Both phones charge fine when connected via the cable to our Macs so I'm pretty confident that it's the bricks." Meanwhile, an Apple Discussions thread harbors several reports from other iPhone owners that are experiencing the problem. For most, simply connecting the iPhone to power via USB results in successful charging.




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  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone power

    I am not so sure it is the bricks. I have a 4G iPod power adapter that I use at work for my iPhone and it sometimes charges and sometimes it doesn't. I have a reliable charge in the dock, but a direct connect to the iPhone connector doesn't always work. Strange....

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    happened to me

    this happened to me within 2 days of buying my iPhone. I was able to isolate the issue to the "brick". I took it into the Apple Store. Worked with a Genius. Confirmed that the brick was the problem... And he took a new brick off the shelf (retail packaging) and gave it to me gratis.

    Great service... Not what I expected to happen at all!

  1. mitchcohen

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yep.

    Mine too. Flaky really - worked about 50% of the time. The spare I bought is fine. Called Apple, replacement on its way.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    it is not an iPhone issue

    One problem with this report - Look at the charger that came with your iPhone - it does not say iPhone - it says iPod - this is the same charger you get with the iPod. Literally the exact same one. So this is not an issue with AC adapters for the iPhone.

    I would guess the percentage of failures of the charges is the same as for the iPod - which is not high.

    Just a vocal minority. Really this looks to be a non-story.

    Rob W host - Today in iPhone Podcast http://www.todayiniphone.com

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Reminds me of the time

    when a repair store let me borrow a brick

  1. Camelot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    brick? what brick?

    There's a brick??

    ohh... yeah. I'd never even noticed, and certainly never used it. USB charging is the only way to go.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    non story!

    This is such a non-story that not even mac-baiting c|net are reporting it. Only MacNN...makes you kinda wonder?

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apple will replace it

    If you have a problem like this Apple will replace it for you. This is a non-story and Apple is doing everything it can to make everyone happy and I think is doing a very good job of it.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Radio Shack...

    Time to visit Radio Shack!

    http://iphone.corank.com

  1. dogzilla

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Actually...

    Based on my experience, I'm not certain it's a non-story. I don't think it's a huge issue, but I've had this happen with my phone and a coworker's brick. It did wind up working with mine when I got home, but then happened again with my own brick. In both cases, there has been no underlying problem with the brick itself, and a restart of the phone resolved the issue. I have not seen these problems since wiping and restoring my phone.

    I suspect a bug in the iPhone's software. I'm wondering if Apple hasn't implemented the power-anti-theft system in stealth to enable it at a later date with a software update ( http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070725-apple-anti-theft-system-would-leave-thieves-powerless--literally.html )

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