UK consumers will be offered official chargers for £8 in exchange for counterfeit ones

Apple’s charger trade-in program comes to the UK

Apple’s replacement scheme for third-party USB chargers will launch in the UK on Friday, August 16th.

The program, which is already available in China, offers consumers a reduced price on official first-party chargers when they hand over third-party chargers that they have ‘concerns about’.

The trade-in scheme comes after a number of reports in China where Apple users have been injured due to faulty, counterfeit chargers.

In the UK, those handing in an unofficial charger to an Apple retail store or select authorised reseller will receive an official one for £8 (original price is £15). The offer only extends to one replacement per device and store reps will record the serial numbers of each customer’s devices to ensure no one takes advantage of the scheme.

If you think you have a counterfeit charger you’ll have until October 18th to exchange it for an official one.

New Apple devices are expected on September 10th, including the next flagship phone – which looks set to be called the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 – as well as the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2.

Rumours have also surfaced today suggesting that retina display will be making its way to both new iPads.

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