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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is expected to launch the third iteration of AirPods in the third quarter of this year. Rumors and reports suggest the new AirPods will feature an updated design more in line with the AirPods Pro, but lacking in "Pro" features such as active noise cancellation.


Despite AirPods 3 not yet being officially announced by Apple, counterfeit products of the unreleased earbuds have already hit the market. Videos from TikTok shared on Twitter show fake AirPods, that are precisely in line with previously leaked images claiming to be the real deal.

Apple products are very often faked and sold online on unauthorized Apple marketplaces, so much so that Apple has a team whose sole focus is to crackdown on counterfeit products and prevent them from being sold. Fake Apple products not only present a challenge to the tech giant, but also pose a danger to customers. Buying fake products not only means you're missing out on the latest technology, but they could also present safety hazards and can even be illegal in some countries.

Article Link: Counterfeit 'AirPods 3' Hit the Market Prior to Official Announcement
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 26, 2012
Well this shouldn't be difficult to do. Most counterfeit "AirPods Pro" lack the noise cancellation and other pro features, but look like the pros. By now saying these are not the pros but the new V3 makes them more credible ;)

Darth Tulhu

macrumors 68020
Apr 10, 2019
This right here is an example of the clout that Apple has in the industry, and it also speaks at the silly tribalism we humans subject ourselves and each other to.

If I can't have real AirPods, these fake ones will make me look cool. No one will ever know!



macrumors 68040
Aug 14, 2007
Are these counterfeits as in "we stole the plans/source code/equipment/factory, and are knocking out near-perfect replicas with identical functionality"?

Or counterfeits as in "superficially look similar, but garbage-tier hardware inside and functionality is completely wrong"?

I strongly suspect the later.

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macrumors 601
Aug 6, 2015
I am quite impressed to see how they manage to get the knock-offs out sooner than the real deal, but I would not stick them into my ears, personally. Gives us a very good picture of what to expect from Apple’s next AirPods, though. ?
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macrumors 68020
Jul 11, 2013
They don't even sit in the case properly. Complete nonsense.

Besides, I don't have a pair of Pro to try, but I would very much doubt that they would comfortably sit in the ear without the rubber part.
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macrumors 65816
Jun 7, 2011
I am quite impressed to see how they manage to get the knock-offs out sooner than the real deal, but I would not stick them into my ears, personally. Gives us a very good picture of what to expect from Apple’s next AirPods, though. ?

Considering how Apple should expect to sell in the likes of XX millions of AirPods. While companies like these can settle for manufacture like 100-1000 and probably have enough stock for their first run of sales it's not that difficult to imagine is it?

It's not like they need to ensure the same level of quality control, or the same level of quality to begin with either. So comparing the manufacturing of actual AirPods 3 from Apple with knock-offs like this isn't really comparable at all.

It's the same problem when people apply the same kind of logic when OnePlus or some other company might have a new feature not available on the iPhone. It's much easier to include not widely and not yet mature features into a product when you are expect to produce just 1/10000 of the amount of units that Apple needs to produce.

Doesn't help much that in-screen fingerprint readers might have gotten to a level of quality where they are acceptable to use. If the people behind these readers can only ensure enough readers to account for 1/1000 of the demand Apple needs to fill for the iPhone.


macrumors 6502
Jul 11, 2015
A good argument for branding everything. Put little Apple logos on the buds and a larger one on the case.


macrumors newbie
Apr 9, 2021
Or this is just a photo of the currently available AirPods Pro (with a nice sunset) purporting to be new the new Airpods..... If the official product isn't released the product in your photo is neither AirPod, AirPod Pro or anything in between..


macrumors 603
Aug 14, 2009
Lol “pose a danger”. Yeah scary...

While earphones may be a stretch, counterfeit products such as power supplies can pose a real danger. It's easy to make a knockoff dirt cheap if you don't care about safety and simply slap on fake Apple / UL / TÜV / GS etc. labels.

If they don't have noise cancellation, what are all the extra speakers/microphones for?

To make them look like real ones.
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