How to distinguish the original iPhone from forgery

Aug

20

2018

Apple products are very popular, so there are many craftsmen who are trying to produce counterfeit products with varying success. As a rule, such counterfeit comes from our Chinese neighbors. In the Middle Kingdom almost every day they release another copy of the iPhone, but it does not differ by long service life. In addition, getting this forgery out of the box, you can find that it does work on the Android operating system.

Many unscrupulous shops and sellers use the similarity of fakes and original iPhone (and a much lower price for counterfeiting) to then sell the smartphone to gullible customers in the guise of a genuine device. And although there is no universal way to expose a fake, there are moments that should be checked when buying an iPhone (even in a store). We asked the SmartPrice service experts to tell how to distinguish the original iPhone from a fake.

Examine the appearance
Housing. First of all, there should be no gaps between the screen and the casing, the display must fit snugly against the base. Attention should also be given to the buttons: they should be without “backlash”, easy to press, with a characteristic even click. Crunch and cracking are not allowed – this is a clear sign of forgery.

Examine the inscriptions on the body itself: that they were even, read without problems, did not have errors and typos. Also here is the model number and IMEI, which can be checked on the official Apple website.

You can even find out a copy of the color of the case: if it is erased and leaves marks on your hands, you should immediately put this iPhone aside. Sometimes for a fake, they also install a plastic case instead of an aluminum one – the material is very easy to distinguish: aluminum keeps cold, and if you tap it lightly, a characteristic metallic sound will sound.

Screen. On the iPhone the screen is always deep black and can be only slightly lighter than the case if the smartphone is made in dark color. If the screen is gray or noticeably lighter than the case, it is no longer original. This does not indicate that the entire smartphone is a fake, but makes it clear that the iPhone at least visited a dubious service center.

Camera. The camera lens should be flat and neatly located in a specially designated place on the body. Dust under the camera’s glass and other suspicious effects also indicate an autopsy and repair.

Rear panel and ports. The Apple logo must never be tucked with a fingernail – it is made of stainless steel and reliably recessed into the lid, as it is its element. The back cover must not be removed: the iPhone case of any model is monolithic.

On the right is a copy of the iPhone

No antennas, unnecessary parts and ports (except 3.5 mm and Lightning, and with the iPhone 7 – only Lightning) should not be. There are no memory card slots in the SIM card tray of the iPhone – only for a SIM card (Nano format).

Pay attention to the port Lightning – on its sides are neat bolts with a thread under the pentagon screwdriver. If the bolts are damaged, the thread is broken or there are noticeable scratches, the device is opened, and poor quality. The originality of the “filling” can be immediately questioned.

Also worth testing the slide switch Sound / Vibration on the side – there must be a clear vibration response when transferring to silent mode.

Top – copy of iPhone

Be sure to turn on iPhone
It sounds strange, but some buyers do not really include the iPhone when buying, relying only on appearance, bundle and box.

First, the fingerprint sensor should work properly. If you buy the iPhone “from hand”, ask to add your fingerprint.

The screen of the original iPhone should not be given in blue, green or other shades. All colors are juicy and pleasant. Tilt the device and look at the picture – even at a large angle of color and the image will not change. The iPhone has very good viewing angles, so the non-original screen will give itself away immediately.

The iOS interface should literally “please the eye” – clear readable fonts, smooth, square application icons with rounded corners. Operation of the operating system is smooth, without “lags” and jerks.

A little trick: pay attention to the icon of the application “Clock”. On the dial, the arrows will necessarily move (in some “pseudo-iOS” such trifles may be absent).

Subtlety of the interface. Open the App Store and try to download any program for iOS – for example, Numbers or Garage Band. First, when opening the App Store, no redirects to the browser (and even more so on Google Play ) should not be, and the search for these programs will allow them to install.

Also look in “Settings” items such as iCloud and “Find the iPhone”. In fakes, we learned with special accuracy to copy the settings menu, but you will not find these functions there.

In fact, the most effective way to check the originality of the iPhone and its operating system is to download the iTunes application from the official Apple website to your computer. After connecting the smartphone to the computer, the program identifies the original device, providing information about its serial number and model.

Be sure to purchase Apple products from trusted vendors – for example, from the partner AppleInsinder.ru – the SmartPrice service . Only then can you protect yourself from getting into the network of scammers, which in the recent time in the market has become very much. SmartPrice sends all its smartphones to a certified center for diagnostics, where experts identify all device defects.

We remind you that AppleInsider.ru together with the service SmartPrice.ru launched a project with which you can not just buy an iPhone much cheaper, but also exchange your old smartphone for a new one. On special page You can buy any of Apple’s smartphones with a maximum savings of up to 30 thousand rubles.

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