updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon September 22, 2008
AmTech on adapter recall
Apple's ultra-compact power adapter recall should not substantially affect either the company or the iPhone 3G, says Shaw Wu of American Technology Research. The analyst comments that while the threat of electric shock is a "negative" with the potential for "headline risk," the number of people likely to be affected by the faulty adapters is believed to be minimal. Apple is also said to be doing the "right thing" by offering a free exchange and keeping its customer service standards up.
In terms of the recall's effect on the iPhone, Wu notes that in research, it appears that shipments and sales of device have not wavered in any significant respect; a number of shops have reportedly sold out of the 8GB model. Wu adds that the majority of iPhone owners avoid the adapter in the first place, preferring to charge their phones at the same time as they sync with iTunes.
In a secondary observation, Wu comments that the iPhone 2.1 firmware does appear to have "reduced" problems experienced by some owners, such as dropped calls.