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The Shocking Truth About Apple Earbuds

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Apple published a support article Monday indicating “It’s possible to receive a small and quick electrical (static) shock from your earbuds while listening to iPod or iPhone.”

The article reads like a schoolbook primer on the nature and causes of static electricity and points out that the condition is not limited to Apple hardware, that static can potentially build up on almost any hardware and could be discharged using any brand of earbuds. Support staff also helpfully note that receiving a static shock from a pair of earbuds does not necessarily indicate an issue with the iPod, iPhone, or earbuds.

OK. And the company found it necessary to publish this information because…?

Have iPod and iPod users been experiencing an inordinate build-up of static electricity with their devices?

Let us know in comments below if you find it shocking to use your Apple mobile device in windy, low-humidity conditions.

[Techmeme]

23 responses to “The Shocking Truth About Apple Earbuds”

  1. Desi4_ says:

    i dont know about static but just recently ive notice my apple ear buds have been zapping me

  2. Diego Toad says:

    I just tried ear buds today for the first time (I usually use over the ear types instead) and started running on the treadmill.  Within 30 seconds I was receiving small consistent shocks in one or both ears about every 3 to 4 seconds.   After about a minute, the ear buds were gone.  I don’t need the extra pain.   I do have to say that this happened with one other set of headphones after long wear and tear but with the ear buds it was a first time thing.  Never again.