Some Chinese users are giving their old iPhones a makeover to look like iPhone 7

By , Nov 14, 2016

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Reuters is reporting that some users in China are giving their older iPhones a makeover to look like the latest iPhone 7 rather than buying brand new devices. Folks who don’t have the money to upgrade to the latest and greatest iPhone have resorted to replacing their iPhone 6/6s back casing with a fake iPhone 7 shell complete with false dual-cameras and even dust plugs to hide the removed headphone jack.

“The makeover quirk mirrors a broader view among some Chinese users that the iPhone 7 doesn’t have enough new features to convince them to trade up,” writes Reuters.

Online retailers like Alibaba’s Taobao offer a variety of mods to make older iPhones look like the latest iPhone 7 family, ranging from stickers and engraving services to replacing the outer casing and even some of the hardware.

For other people, the latest iPhones are not much of an upgrade over the iPhone 6s series. Of the nine Chinese Note 7 owners Reuters polled, only one switched to an iPhone. Others stayed with Samsung as the company is offering subsidies to users who trade in their Note 7 for another Samsung phone.

“Some carriers have made a marketing push on the iPhone 7 to fill the Note 7 vacuum, but the effect is limited partly due to Samsung’s own declining market share and to shoppers possibly holding off until Apple launches a new model, expected next year,” reads the report.

Apple is currently struggling with supply issues so the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black and Black is hard to come by in China. As per Hu Benshu, who runs an electronics retail outlet in Beijing’s popular Zhongguancun technology hub, the six years old iPhone 4 is still the best-selling iPhone at his shop due to its durability.

This could prove problematic for Apple in light of decelerating sales in the 1.33 billion people market, its second-largest by revenue. Apple’s revenue in Greater China slipped 30 percent to $8.79 billion in the September quarter.

Counterpoint analysts predict the iPhone 7 should help Apple regain some of the market share lost to local vendors, especially as “demand is tracking better than for the iPhone 6s series”. Apple currently holds a Counterpoint-estimated 8.4 percent smartphone share in China, behind local vendors such as Huawei [HWT.UL], Oppo and Vivo.

Source: Reuters

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  • george

    This is a nightmare, imagine a clueless person ordering one of these on eBay thinking it’s an iPhone 7.

    • 7000rpm

      Already happening I bet

    • 3.14159265359

      Well if they do then they are at fault. They should be able to research what the phone actually looks like from Apple’s website. But even if they order a fake phone from eBay, eBay will get your money back if you fight it. It’s easy.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Customer has the right to dispute and win assuming a description mismatch. Nothing to worry about!

  • 7000rpm

    Nice write up!

  • André Fontes

    Well, they’re just getting an iPhone 7 for cheaper, besides the minor design changes not much has changed tbh

    • igorsky

      This is flat out wrong. I have the 7 Plus… lot has changed.

      I can’t believe that I even have to type this, but there’s a lot more to a phone than the exterior shell.

    • JaeM1llz

      Yeah, not much has changed, aside from the cpu, the gpu, the battery, the camera, water resistance, etc.

      • André Fontes

        It was a joke though, yet are those changes actually worth the upgrade if you already had a 6s for example? The hardware and camera [unless you go for the dual cameraa on the 6 plus, for the price of decent camera, or 2 Huawey 9 that originally featured that technology] aren’t such a big improvement, if you had it’s precessor and unless you’re a really demanding user you won’t feel any worthful improvement over your older device. Finally, water resistance is imo one more gimmick companies try to make users feel the need to justify the price increase, yet unless you’re that clumbsy or distracted, if you take care of your device it shouldn’t get dropped on the water by accident – plus the most noticeable uage owners are giving to it is to use the devices on the shower: what a technological advance, uh!

  • Dao Sasone

    Lol dam Chinese will fuc anyone ova when it comes to knoc off

    • Jimmie Ward

      racist; and an un-clever one at that