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Real iPhone (Left) and fake iPhone (Right)  (Source:
Approximately 200 fake iPhones were discovered during the arrests

Selling fake Apple products has become a bit of a trend this year. Over the summer, over 22 unauthorized Apple retailers were discovered in Kunming, China and two stores in New York were found selling fake Apple accessories. Apple, of course, went after all of them for trademark infringement.

Now, five individuals have been arrested in Shanghai, China for building and selling fake iPhones according to Reuters.

The five people arrested were part of an organized gang that purchased the components needed to build the fake iPhones from Guangdong, China, then built them in Shanghai apartments and sold them in unauthorized markets.

According to Chinese police in Shanghai, approximately 200 fake iPhones were discovered during the arrests. The fake versions had all of the same functions as a real iPhone with the exception of a shorter battery life.

"It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones," said a police officer involved in the arrests.

According to Reuters, a fake iPhone costs about $313 USD (2,000 yuan) to make, and are sold for about 4,000 yuan on the illegal markets.

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RE: I wonder...
By nocturne_81 on 9/29/2011 11:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
It's china... where kids will sell a kidney to get an iPad..

Even here, Apple could easily add on another 25% to their costs, and their users would still gladly pay it.

RE: I wonder...
By Pirks on 9/29/11, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder...
By GulWestfale on 9/29/2011 5:42:50 PM , Rating: 5
computers that aren't compatible with anything and cost twice as much as real PCs, phones that can't make calls and don't run flash... aren't all apple products fake?

RE: I wonder...
By Apone on 9/29/2011 12:04:29 PM , Rating: 3
"It's china... where kids will sell a kidney to get an iPad.."

- Yeah, the equivalent of that here in the U.S. would be the countless people camping out 3-5 days outside their favorite Apple store (instead of a kidney they sacrifice hygiene, opportunity cost such as work hours/reduced paycheck) for the upcoming iPhone 5.

RE: I wonder...
By Murst on 9/29/2011 5:48:45 PM , Rating: 3
if( valueOf(Kidney) <= valueOf(2_days_hygiene) )
throw new YouAreCrazyException();

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