How to spot fake Apple products

The number of counterfeit Apple products has raised considerably with the launch of iPhone 5S. We all know that China is the land of the fakes (fake clothes, handbags, electronic devices, you name it). The counterfeit products have already made victims in China with one woman being killed and a man put in coma following electrocution from using counterfeit chargers. Genuine Apple chargers are known to be quite expensive, so after the incidents, Apple decided to discount prices for chargers. But what if you spend a fortune on an Apple device just to find out that it’s a copy and not the real thing? In order to avoid such unpleasant situations, the clients should carefully check all the details before buying a product. Unfortunately, when making the purchase online, the risks of buying a fake are even bigger and it’s much more difficult to spot the details which make the difference. A box may seem to be original, but that’s not an indication that you’ll find the original product inside. When it comes to fake products, the details make the difference. If you don’t want to be trapped, you need to know the particularities of the products and its packaging. For example, the way in which an original iPhone box opens is different from the counterfeit one. When you buy from an internet site, and not from an authentic Apple dealer, you risk buying a cheap Chinese knockoff.
'If you think you have a fake, just compare it to your friend's iPhone. Counterfeit Report advises. 'The processor speed, touchscreen and feel should be identical.'

Inspect inscriptions and check serial number

The most significant detail that can reveal a product’s authenticity is its unique serial number. This must be inscribed on the case so make sure first that the inscription exists. Even safer is to check for the serial number going to 'Settings', 'General' then 'About. The number should be enlisted there, and you can check it on Apple’s website. If the number is not recognized on the website or can’t be found inside the phone, that’s a clear sign that you’re dealing with a knock off. You need to look on the box and on the back case for the phrase 'Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.' Check and test the touchscreen All iPhones and iPads have a touchscreen but not everyone is aware that this touch screens react only at the touch of your finger. No authentic touch screen will work with a plastic or metal stylus, and that’s because these are not objects that conduct electricity. An oleophobic coating is used on the touchscreens to repel fingerprint oil, which aids in preventing and cleaning fingerprints marks. Unfortunately, the presence or lack of this coating is not something very easy to spot even if you’re quite familiar with Apple devices. Make sure the size and weight are correct Frequently, the Apple iPhone is slender than the fake phones but weighs more. If you want to make sure that you have the genuine product, make sure that what you have coincides with the sizes of the original product. Anything shorter or longer, lighter or heavier is a fake. Other things to check: -Inspect the icons and background of the device -Inspect the functions -Know the colours and memory that correspond to each device You need to know the specifications very well. Have a look and see the Apple’s official spec sheet here. Then, when you know what to expect, if what you’re about to buy seems to be too good to be true, then it is too good to be true. If, for example, you hear claims from a seller that the iPhone they are selling has a 9-megapixel camera, two SIM slots and increasable memory, run away as far as possible. Every iPhone has a single SIM-slot; you can only have the phone with whatever capacity you buy it at and, the iPhone with a 9-megapixel camera has not been invented yet. Of course, the safest way to make sure that you don't buy a fake Apple product but the original,  is to buy it directly from the Apple store or from an official carrier. However, it’s possible to avoid being scammed and catch a good deal if you do your homework and keep a sharp eye.
Published
October 07, 2013