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Spot the clone: 6 Tips to detect a counterfeit iPhone


Since founded many years ago, the iPhone has consistently remained a high-end product, whose brand name has continually attracted innovative production of dubious and counterfeit phones for a cheaper price. However, with Apple’s iPhone being a mainstream product whose production details are the company’s top secret, counterfeit producer’s end up producing products that only resemble an iPhone, while they are not. Before becoming the next victim in buying a counterfeit iPhone, take caution by knowing the following six tips on what the iPhone brand is or not.

correct_iphone1. Watch out for the guerrilla glass

Apple’s iPhone is versed with the guerrilla scratch-resistant screen.In its fitting, a genuine iPhone has the screen running with no border line between its body and the glass. A phone purported to be an iPhone but either has a border line between the glass and the coverand probably has a non-scratch resistant screen is a great red flag you have to watch out. With the production of guerrilla glass being both expensive and frangible to install, clone iPhone brands will lack consistency in this. Resultantly, clone iPhones will often have less sensitive and less responsive screens.

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2. Apple identity features

Every company brands itself by logos, brand names and other product consistency checks. For Apple, the logo is a unique apple that appears both at the back and whenever a device boots. The both apple images at the back and in the boot process are consistently the same. Any deviation from these or even boots irregularly signal all is not well. Apple’s iPhone is a brand by consistency and thus clones do not fully satisfy these features. In addition to the apple logo, the iPhone’s back is legibly labelled, “designed by Apple in California assembled in China.”

3. iOS operating system and build-in applications

Apple’s devices are designed to run on the iOS. This is the number one signal that you must always have forehead in differentiating between an original iPhone from its counterfeits. With each OS coming with different software support capabilities, there are specific software that run only on iOS. These include Siri and the iTunes. However, you should note the response of all the software installed in the phone. A phone purported to be an iPhone but lacks critical software such as Siri, safari browser and iTunes is an obvious counterfeit. However, plenary features such as FM radio or built-in TV should be conspicuously absent in a genuine iPhone. Nonetheless, if the phone runs on any other Operating System other that iOS, say, on android, be sure: It’s not an iPhone.

4. Apple AppStore, iTunes and the iCloud

Apple exclusively offers support to its customers through the iPhone/iPad only iCloud, iTunes and the Apple App Store. To access each of the services, you need a unique user ID and password that you only create from your device or any other supported device. Thus, a phone purporting to be a genuine iPhone but lacks these essential brand features of cannot connect to the support facilities exclusively accessible to Apple customers, should automatically be taken as counterfeits.

5. Internal storage memory& SIM card slots

Genuine Apple’s iPhones come in 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GBs ofnon-expandable internal storage space, with no requirement for memory cards. The fixed internal storage space burs iPhone manufacturers from creating expandable memory slots on genuine iPhones. Additionally, Apple manufactured iPhones are designated to use only a single sim card. Counterfeits often have more appealing features such as memory card options, irregular storage spaces and more sim card support capabilities. In conformance, a genuine iPhone should not have a storage memory expansion slot, irregular internal storage or more than one SIM card slots. Don’t be duped into buying any device that does not conform to these features, it wont be a genuine iPhone.

6. Serial numbers and button arrangement

An authentic iPhone has its serial and IMEI numbers shown on the packaging, the iPhone itself and the iTunes as well. Additionally, a genuine iPhone structurally conforms to all other phone models from the same manufacturer. Therefore, before buying any phone from a third-party vendor, cross check it against images of other models by the manufacturer as shown on the Apple’s website. At norm, an iPhone has only one access button on its face with the volume buttons being on the left-hand side. Any phone that has more than one buttons on the front face or buttons placed in any other location other than the top left-spine or lacks Serialization and IMEI details on all the three locations should be disregarded from being an authentic iPhone.

Now you know; don’t be duped into buying counterfeit! Buy original, live original and enjoy the true value of an iPhone.

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