Shanghai Police Arrest 5 People for Building, Selling Fake iPhones
September 29, 2011 10:14 AM
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Real iPhone (Left) and fake iPhone (Right)
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
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
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
from the genuine ones," said a police officer involved in the arrests.
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...
9/29/2011 11:51:50 AM
Also, while the article claims that the fake ones has the same functions as the real one, I highly doubt so. Looking at the comparison picture, you can see the fake one has a smaller screen, and also the fonts of the date is different. I myself have in fact handled a fake one (although likely a different model from the one in the picture), and the homescreen is impressively faked. Once you go deeper in the functions though, the whole facade falls apart.
RE: I wonder...
9/29/2011 11:54:02 AM
Except if someone has never used an iPhone would they be able to tell it is a fake...probably not.
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