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Old Jun 29, 2009, 10:54 AM   #1
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Counterfeit iPhone 3Gs Becoming More Convincing at First Glance



Apple service provider MacMedics recently had the opportunity to examine a counterfeit iPhone 3G purchased by a customer off of eBay. The packaging and external appearance of the device appear convincingly genuine at first glance, demonstrating increasing sophistication from such counterfeiters.

The software, however, is the difficult part to imitate, and this is where the counterfeit iPhone falls flat. See the video for a complete walkthrough of the device.



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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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haha thats just sad
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:06 AM   #3
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It needs an " S⃣ " that way it can be faster. I really like all of the awesome iPhone knock-off accessaries that come with it.

As for me I'll just stick with my actual iPhone 3g S⃣
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:13 AM   #4
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Who actually buys these things?

People who think they are real or people who wanna look cool but spend less?

I just don't get it!

iPhone FAIL!
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:17 AM   #5
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I'd like to get one of these just out of interest.

Start a collection of the best fake iPhones.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:31 AM   #6
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Do I have to sign a two-year AT&T contract with it?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:34 AM   #7
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I would like to see it boot up! lol
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:44 AM   #8
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Do I have to sign a two-year AT&T contract with it?
If not, then its iPhone WIN!
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:55 AM   #9
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Thats completely amazing. The software is as responsive as 3.0
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 11:55 AM   #10
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The real question is...

do I qualify for the upgrade price, or the regular price?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:02 PM   #11
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Who actually buys these things?

People who think they are real or people who wanna look cool but spend less?

I just don't get it!

iPhone FAIL!
You have far too much faith in the human race, people are generally speaking....stupid.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:28 PM   #12
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That's a pretty amazing fake actually. The average person on the street who had never used an iPhone before probably would not know the difference. If they had put a capacitive screen on this it would be pretty darn close.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:43 PM   #13
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That dock actually looked cool. Pretty cool fake.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:44 PM   #14
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I can only imagine that it would respond better if he took the plastic off. I don't understand the point of him leaving it on. Was he trying to protect his investment from harmful fingerprints?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:19 PM   #15
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Ok I don't understand one thing.

These people obviously do not care about IP rights, so why don't they hack the firmware and put an iPhone OS on it? Too much programing work? Surely more "programing" went into developing that crap OS.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:33 PM   #16
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I can only imagine that it would respond better if he took the plastic off. I don't understand the point of him leaving it on. Was he trying to protect his investment from harmful fingerprints?
There's no plastic to take off. The plastic he mentions is the actual touch surface.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:49 PM   #17
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That honestly had me in tears of laughter....
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Wow that was recorded with a 3GS and I didn't even notice. It was that good. Makes me want one, but I'll stick with the 3G for another year.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:59 PM   #19
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Cool!! Where can I get one?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 02:07 PM   #20
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holy crap....i'd hate to be the person that bought that off ebay....that's why i only buy/sell within the US...i know there are a lot of people outside the us that are perfectly trustworthy but just don't take the risk.
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Ok I don't understand one thing.

These people obviously do not care about IP rights, so why don't they hack the firmware and put an iPhone OS on it? Too much programing work? Surely more "programing" went into developing that crap OS.
Thats what I have been wondering 1.1.4 would be perfect! How much does it cost?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 02:27 PM   #22
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Well, it is much better than the original iPhone clones we saw a few years back. It is still horrible though.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 02:38 PM   #23
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That is hilarious. I hope people are using paypal or something so they can get their money back.
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Ok I don't understand one thing.

These people obviously do not care about IP rights, so why don't they hack the firmware and put an iPhone OS on it? Too much programing work? Surely more "programing" went into developing that crap OS.
No, its much, much more work to get the actual iPhone OS to run on non-iPhone hardware than to make something that just looks like it.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 03:09 PM   #25
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I have renewed respect for the quality of Apple's products.
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