Apple's Australian Charger Replacement Scheme Price: $14, Not $10

When we tried to guess the Australian dollar price that Apple would use to match the $US10 deal which it is offering to replace third-party USB chargers, we speculated $12 or so. It turns out Apple is going the slightly-more-expensive route: you'll pay $14 if you want to swap your third-party charger for an official Apple one.

Apple updated its local support page over the weekend and confirmed the $14 price for Aussie consumers, which applies from 16 August to 18 October. $11 off is still not a bad deal at all, but clearly Apple doesn't think the PR problem from someone being electrocuted by an iPhone is so bad it has to take a total bath on the issue. (Factor in exchange rates and GST and $US10 would come in around $12; the $2 margin might arguably be for Australia's relatively unique power pin configuration, but as usual Apple isn't saying.)

Are you planning to take advantage of the deal? Tell us in the comments.


Comments

    Why are they doing this again? If its just to use the official gear can't see why anyone would be bothered

      ...obviously Thomas lives in a tent and doesn't read/watch any sort of news broadcast.

      Cheap Chinese Apple chargers have been electrocuting people and starting fires.

    You'll probably find many of the hardware issues are caused by people using fake/crappy designed chargers. Obviously the easiest solution would be to provide every product with a charger from now on, but eh i wouldn't count on it.

      Henry, all new Apple products come with the relevant Apple certified charger and cable.

        do they? i just went on the apple website and no ipod had one in the "contents on the box"

    Does this include USB car charger ?

      No Cheng, it is for third party USB chargers that plug into the wall only. It's mighty hard to electrocute yourself with only 12V DC!

    Just make sure you book a reservation at your closest Apple Store, and take your iPhone iPod or iPad in with you as well as the 3rd party adapter.

    So we 'pay more' and still have a crappy charger compared to the american one (the small cube).

    So we get the american re-cycled ones... F U APPLE

    I like the fact apple is still probably making a profit on these - even though it's marketed in a way as if they're genuinely good guys and are helping people - why then just not just have such overpriced chargers in the first place theres no way a charger costs them more then $5 each :/

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