China may have a reputation for counterfeit electronic goods, but the times, they are a-changing. Police in Shanghai have arrested five people connected with making and selling fake iPhones, a crackdown that could foreshadow less pirated goods sold in the country in the future.
Perhaps bored with sharing our national secrets, the shadowy group known as WikiLeaks has turned their attention to Apple with the release of new documents that show Cupertino organized a task force in 2008 to “curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones” in China.
Apple has quickly and quietly moved against knock off stores in the Queens borough of New York City. The stores, named Apple Story and Fun Zone Inc, both owned by New York resident Janie Po Chiang, have allegedly been selling counterfeit iPad, iPhone, and iPod accessories labeled as genuine Apple products.
The accessories were apparently sold in packaging carrying an Apple trademark, marked with the phrase "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China", and had markings similar to those found on authentic Apple products.