Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in USA model fake or original iPhone?

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  1. madboylk macrumors newbie

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    i'm going to buy a used iPhone 5s,owner says to me its Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in USA model,he gave me a serial no also,then i checked in apple site heres the result.
    i want to know its original iPhone or fake one?

    thank you.
     

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  2. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

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    I can not say for sure. I know the Mac Pro has started being assembled in the USA, but don't think the iPhone has.
     
  3. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    They aren't assembled in the US... never have been.
     
  4. madboylk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Then how serial and imei accept by apple site?

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    Then why Apple site say its valid?
     
  5. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    iphoneimei.info shows that it was originally purchased in Hong Kong. Swappa iMEI checker shows that it is blacklisted, blocked, and reported lost or stolen. I think the seller is giving you wrong information.
     
  6. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

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    All they would have to do for the apple site to say it is valid is to use a serial number from a legit iPhone.
     
  7. rugmankc Contributor

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    Also says it can't even be activated--caveat emptor--
     
  8. BeeGood, Mar 23, 2015
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    BeeGood macrumors 65816

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    He probably gave you the IMEI/serial from a legit phone.

    Ask him for a pic (not a screenshot ) of the phone he is selling showing the IMEI under settings >general >about. If he won't do that then walk away.
     
  9. madboylk thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. smorrissey macrumors 6502a

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    China for the win my boy! Assembled in China or no deal.
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah looks really weird. Wrong fonts, odd symbols. Either it's a jailbroken iPhone or a dodgy android clone.
     
  13. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a fake iPhone and I'll tell you how I know.

    Apple has never shown a perfect 16GB Captivity, never. This is the first red flag. A real iPhone 5s should have a captivity of 12.2GB, more or less depending on the OS it is running.

    second, the iPhone has never been assembled in the USA. Another red flag

    third, this crap phone isn't even running iOS. It looks like a crappy android clone.

    Do yourself a favor and run.
     
  14. madboylk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks,problem solved,thanks all,its fake one :)
     
  15. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    On a side note, I just checked my IMEI via swappa and it says my IMEI is blocked by at least one carrier and is available for activation lol. Not sure I would trust their IMEI checker in the future if I was actually gonna check something I was gonna consider buying. My phone was purchased brand new from Apple in store and only activated by me on my account and I'm still using it now.
     

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