Conducting businesses, irrespective of the type or the materials (products) involved occurs at a risk.
But with firsthand information about the product you are purchasing, you can minimize the risk of ending up with the wrong or fake product.
The last post discussed how to know if your Android is original or fake, now this post is for the intending iPhone users or the current users who may still want to verify the originality of their phones.
Just like that of Android, ensuring you are on the safer side in the tug between the original vs fake iPhone or iPad starts with going to a registered gadget store to purchase your phone.
If you do not want to end up with a fake iPhone or iPad, you really have to consider the place you buy your phone.
Getting to know if an iPhone or iPad is original or fake can be done in many ways:
Below are simple but effective tips to help you spot a fake iPhone/iPad without too many
Just like the Android as well, we have fake iPhone/iPad that reveal themselves quite easily through the spellings on the package or the phone.
iPad may be found to be written as iPad in some cases. When you see these, do not hesitate to doubt the fact that it is not original.
The originals have the correct spellings(iPhone, iPad) with the correct logo inscribed on them.
You are offered an iPhone which worth about $800 for $500 or even $400?
You really should think twice before paying for it.
Most iPhone have prices ranging from $500 to $1000 or more, it all depends on the model you want.
It is the Cloned ones that are offered at a cheaper price in the market (quite common on social networks). Therefore, be wary of tempting low prices for products which worth more.
Another valid way of knowing if your phone is original is through the appearance. You might have checked online for the physical specifications of the phone you are interested in, ensure that the parts described fits with the one you are about to purchase.
Generally, iPhone/iPad are known to have the Apple logo at the back and it is usually metallic.
Check for this on your phone before you leave the store. They are also known for distinct hardware features.
Additionally, there should be inscriptions about the design and model engraved on the inner parts. E.g, “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China” “6s”
iPhones posses “sleep/ wake” button on the top-right corner, a “Home” button below the screen, a ringer switch and volume button at the upper-left side.
Also, check the screen quality to ensure it’s of good quality.
Have you found out that there is a particular application missing on the phone? Or that it cannot perform one of the functions listed for it?
During testing, check through the phone carefully and compare to the listings of programs it is supposed to possess.
An omission of applications is most likely announcing that it is fake.
5. Operating System
iPhones and iPads run on an operating system known as the iOS while the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Alcatel, Lenovo etc run on Android.
Ensure the applications are built on the right software system to be assured you have an original iPhone and not an Android with an iPhone case or user interface.
6. iPhone Activation
When getting a new iPhone, it is advised that one visits the store with one’s Sim card. This is because it is expected that after the first boot of the phone, activation is needed.
The activation requires you to provide information about yourself, mail and country. A cloned iPhone will not ask for this.
Therefore, another crucial way of knowing if your iPhone is fake or original is through the first test. Activation will not be required for a cloned iPhone.
The activation makes the iPhone very secured with iCloud, Find My iPhone and other security essentials.
7. Syncing with iTunes
iPhones are made in way to connect with iTunes automatically, after proper updating of the iTunes and iOS software, the failure of the phone to connect to iTunes may denote the originality.
It means iTunes does not recognize the device as a registered one or as an iPhone.
Have you heard about SIRI? It’s a robot like program that helps you navigate through your iPhone quite easily with voice commands.
It’s like Google Assistant on Android, Cortana on Windows or Bixby on Samsung.
It can be found on the IPhone 4S and every other iPhone released afterwards.
If the model you are buying is either the iPhone 4S or models that were released after it, expect to have the SIRI application on your phone.
Cloned phones cannot run and do not have the SIRI application installed on it.
9. Checking Serial number and IMEI or MEID
A very valid way of knowing if your iPhone is original is by checking through the serial number.
On most original iPhones, the serial number is found on the back of the phone. It can also be found in the Settings Menu of the phone or using iTunes to check for it.
To check through settings, navigate through Settings> General >About. The Phone’s serial number, IMEI/ MEID is found here.
You can then copy the serial number and paste it on Apple’s Service and Support Coverage Page. It will display information about your phone if it is original.
To use iTunes, you have to connect your phone to your system, launch iTunes, locate your device and check for the summary information of the device.
Information given should correlate with that of your phone to prove that your iPhone is original.
At other times, you may find the IMEI on the Sim Tray.
10. Apple Store or Authorized service provider
If you have gone through all the above processes and you are still not convinced that your iPhone or iPad is original, then a visit to the nearest Apple store or the nearest service provider will do.
There, they will run some tests on the phone to verify its authenticity.
Is your Iphone original? Run a test with the Serial number or IMEI to be quite certain.
Minimize risk and save yourself from losing a large amount of money to fake products. Buy from registered/ authorized stores.
With these 10 simple tips, you can easily spot a fake iPhone or iPad and don’t get fooled into buying a cloned iPhone.