Apple warns of static shock from iPhone and iPod
iPhone and iPod users may experience a “small and quick” shock via their earbuds due to a buildup of static electricity, Apple warned Monday.
People listening to one of the devices in extremely dry air are most at risk of receiving a static electricity shock through the ear buds. In a posting on Apple’s site, the company stated that the problem was not limited to their hardware:
The static can potentially build up on almost any hardwareand could be discharged using any brand of earbuds.
This condition is very similar to dragging your feet across a carpet and receiving a static shock by touching a door knob. However, instead of the static charge building up on your body, the charge builds up on the device that the earbuds are connected to. Likewise, instead of the static buildup discharging through your finger when you touch a door knob, it discharges through the earbuds.
Static buildup on your electronic device is largely due to the environment that it is used in. Certain environments and actions can encourage static electricity buildup.
- Very low humidity (dry) environments are conducive for static buildup.
- Very windy environments are conducive for static buildup.
- Taking your device in and out of your pocket can create a static charge.
- Jogging or exercising with your device can cause a static charge.
- Clothes made with synthetic fibers (like nylon) can easily become charged with static electricity.