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.
You may recall the recent story of a blogger who documented a fake Apple Store in the city of Kunming, China which quickly led to international exposure for a wide array of such outlets. Now, as quickly as they came, authorities in Kunming have closed up shop on 22 such stores in the city.
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Almost as soon as a wave of fake Chinese Apple Stores were discovered, authorities in the country have started putting them out of business -- and for once, Apple didn’t even have to lift one of their mighty fingers to make it happen.
Apple is used to having its successful products copied into Chinese knock-offs, but now they’ve gone one step too far -- actually duplicating an entire Apple retail store, right down to the signage and familiar shirts worn by the employees, despite the company’s own effort to launch much cooler stores there.
It seems like the night before an Apple event, somebody somewhere leaks some kind of photo about a product or update that’s about to be announced. In keeping with tradition, late Sunday night an image surfaced that shows a pretty good concept for how notifications might work in iOS 5.
It has been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If this holds true, then the folks at Apple must be blushing constantly. Not only do their competitors ape the company's innovations on a regular basis, aficionados of Apple's offerings, too impatient to wait for rumored Mac and iOS products often put together their own convincing version of the next killer piece of gear they hope that Cupertino's hard at work on.
For your viewing pleasure, we've put together a gallery of 30 of our favorite fakes, spoofs and supposed leaks. Some hit pretty close to what Apple has unveiled at Keynote presentations in recent years. Others are purely Mac Fanboy flights of fancy. All of them are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!
What’s the next best thing to selling stolen iPods? Apparently, making your own counterfeit versions. That’s what the Los Angeles Port Police discovered this week after seizing more than $10 million worth of fake Apple products from a downtown warehouse.