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Real iPhone (Left) and fake iPhone (Right)  (Source: macworld.com)
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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I wonder...
By nocturne_81 on 9/29/2011 10:40:30 AM , Rating: 2
It'd be interesting to get one of these to tear apart and see what's inside.. Some parts, such as the proprietary cpu, I imagine would be pretty hard to find.




RE: I wonder...
By DJ Brandon on 9/29/2011 10:41:59 AM , Rating: 3
Im curious who actually pays that price for a 3gs or lesser.


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();
}


RE: I wonder...
By aegisofrime on 9/29/2011 11:49:23 AM , Rating: 2
It will be pretty much the same as most of the smartphones that China produces. Expect to find a CPU from the likes of Mediatek or Rockchip. Not exactly hard to find :D


RE: I wonder...
By aegisofrime on 9/29/2011 11:51:50 AM , Rating: 2
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...
By cjohnson2136 on 9/29/2011 11:54:02 AM , Rating: 3
Except if someone has never used an iPhone would they be able to tell it is a fake...probably not.


RE: I wonder...
By Natch on 9/29/2011 1:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
I just wonder if the faked iphones had antenna problems, like the real ones?? ;)


Wow
By Bioniccrackmonk on 9/29/2011 9:46:24 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
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.


Even the fake ones are overpriced.




indeed
By sprockkets on 9/29/2011 12:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
""It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones," said a police officer involved in the arrests."

That officer added:

"An RDF detector can help us clearly determine which apple device is real and which isn't, but would cost us all the salaries of our entire department for 3 years. And seeing how Steve Jobs resigned, that method may not be reliable in the years to come, so we declined to purchase it."

"It might be easier sometimes to know if it is fake or not by having an x-ray done to see if the person still has both kidneys."




By MrWho on 9/29/2011 12:45:09 PM , Rating: 2
A short time ago someone tried to sell me one of those - I wasn't interested, but just for kicks I showed interest and tried to find the App Store - without success.

"Where's the app store?"

"You know, I don't know how to operate it..."

Seems like a sure way of testing it for me.




That's actually pretty impressive
By Solandri on 9/29/2011 2:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
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.

If you can pull off something like this out of your apartment, you need to take your "gang" members and start a company manufacturing real products.




5 down
By iamezza on 9/30/2011 6:09:11 AM , Rating: 2
That's 5 down, only 999,995 left to go now!




What same
By mustaka on 9/30/2011 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think they are so similar. Fakes could be better since you probably are allowed to hold them in any way you wish.




Build your own iClone?
By The Jedi on 10/3/2011 3:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Where do I sign up? I wouldn't need an Apple logo, I'd put Android onto it.




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