By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2011
Apple’s retail locations have achieved unprecedented success over the last 10 years. They’ve received numerous architectural design awards and currently average around $4000 in sales per square foot.
As most of you probably know, with success comes imitation. And over the last few months we’ve seen several fake Apple Stores pop up and consequently get shut down. But out of all the impostors we’ve seen, this one has to be the coolest… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 11, 2011
Believe it or not, someone is already unboxing the iPhone 5. Chances of it being fake? I’d say 99.9%. But who knows, there’s always a slim, little chance.
The video was posted on YouTube by ZAGG, the people that make the InvisibleShield. I highly suspect this video was put up together to get attention. And it worked… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 10, 2011
Why wait for the iPhone 5 when you can get your hands on an HiPhone 5, right now, for a fraction of the price of a real iPhone 5. And where else but China could you get one of those? On a Chinese auction website, of course.
According to Reuters, the HiPhone 5 was made reflecting the upcoming iPhone 5′s rumored design features, such as the slimmed-down design and the rounded edges… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2011
It’s no secret that posting a purposed “spy shot” of Apple’s upcoming smartphone will bring all of the skeptics out of the woodwork. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the photos have a tendency to be a little on the fake side.
Advances in image-editing software have made producing a realistic-looking “leaked photo” extremely easy. How easy? Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo made the above image in under 10 minutes… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2011
Rumors of an iPhone 5 announcement this Fall have been highly contradictory with each other over the last few weeks. Will it be announced in August? Will it launch in September or October instead?
Well, if you just can’t take waiting anymore for Apple to unveil their upcoming smartphone, gizChina might have a temporary solution for you. The gadget blog just came across an interesting counterfeit device modeled after the yet-to-be-announced iPhone… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jul 27, 2011
You may have heard about the fake Apple stores uncovered in Kunming, China. Essentially, unauthorized resellers were created identical replicas of Apple retail stores without Apple’s permission. As you can see from the picture above, some of them couldn’t get the company’s name spelled correctly, though.
Now it seems that Chinese officials (and oddly enough not Apple) have gotten word of these fake Apple store operations, and two stores in Kunming, China have already been shut down. We’re still waiting for Steve Jobs to pull out the big red button and nuke the rest of these stores off the map… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jul 20, 2011
We all know that China is the land of fake iPhones and bootleg tech. One-third of the iPhones in China are jailbroken, and we’ve seen countless ripoffs and iPhone look-a-likes come from the Asia Pacific region.
But what about physical, brick and mortar ripoffs of the Apple store? Apparently, carbon copy clones of the Apple Store abound in China, and Apple has yet to do anything about them… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2011
In reading through my RSS feeds this morning, I came across a jailbreak app that I couldn’t believe hadn’t ever covered on iDB. Though FakeLocation has been around for quite some time, it is a useful utility worth reminding folks about.
The package certainly lives up to its name, as it allows you to fake your GPS location for inquiring applications. This means that you can trick apps like Google Latitude into thinking you are located somewhere else… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2011
With so many look-a-likes and scams out there, a person has to be pretty careful when shopping online for an iDevice. Before purchasing any type of high-end electronic device, you always want to ask for the serial number to check and see if it’s been stolen, or if it’s even real.
The police of Morrow City, Georgia recently apprehended 2 suspects for using a popular website to sell imitation iPhones and empty iPad boxes for cash. The two culprits were picked up last Thursday in the process of selling 2 fake iPhones for a total of $400… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 17, 2011
We apologize if you got excited about the return of JailbreakMe today. A rumor got started this morning that claimed Comex was releasing his iPad 2 jailbreak through JailbreakMe.com this afternoon.
As it turns out, the teaser image (reportedly from Comex’s Twitter account) that started this rumor has been proved fake, and we’re back to the drawing board in terms of an iPad 2 jailbreak ETA. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 5, 2011
WWDC is tomorrow, and Apple is set to unveil the mysterious iOS 5. Well, folks, we’ve been fortunate enough to stumble across an exclusive preview of what iOS 5 has to offer, and let’s just say that it’s magical.
We will warn you, this video may cause you to have an uncontrollable craving for milk and cookies… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jun 3, 2011
We’ve seen our share of fake iPhones in the past but this is without a doubt the best one ever made. It’s so close to the real deal that it is even compatible with Apple’s official 30 pin connector and headsets.
Have a good look at the pictures below. I dare you to find out which one is real, and which one is fake. In case you can’t figure it out, we’ll give you the answer at the bottom of the post… Read More
By Alex Heath on May 23, 2011
Spam emails are circulating that pose as Apple trying to sell new products, including the rumored iPhone 5. According to MacRumors, several reports have come in that talk of an “iPhone 5GS” product launch in a very Apple-like email.
Apple’s products have always been used in spam and advertising to get click-throughs, but this round of spam sets itself apart with its striking resemblance to Apple’s own design. If you’ve ever received an email from Apple, you’ll notice how similar these spam messages are to the legit ones from Cupertino… Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 22, 2011
In Apple’s Q1 earnings call, the company released very impressive numbers for its sales in the first three months of 2011. The iPhone’s fastest growing market is China, with an over 250% increase in iPhone sales since this time last year.
China is a major hub for technology and smartphone innovation, and most iPhone knockoffs are Chinese-made. 10% of Apple’s revenue comes from China (to the tune of about $5 billion). The iPhone is doing extremely well; now accounting for 8.3% of China’s 850 million mobile customers. Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 20, 2011
With rumors flying about the iPhone 5, little attention has been paid to the iPhone Nano rumors that surfaced months ago. While the U.S. has remained quiet about a future iPhone Nano device, Chinese dealers are beginning to sell knock-off iPhone 4 Nano’s to the tune of about $60 U.S.
These fake, mini iPhone devices run a Java-based iOS ripoff and behave a lot like the original iPhone. Most notably, these Chinese knock-offs are about 2/3 the size of the real iPhone 4… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2011
Getting confused from all of the Ra1n? There’s BlackRa1n, LimeRa1n, PurpleRa1n, and the upcoming RubyRa1n. It’s enough to confuse even the best meteorologist.
To add to the level of confusion, someone(s) impersonating renowed iPhone hacker GeoHot has released a site called Ra1nb0wRa1n with little to no fan fare.
The fact that it received hardly any pub before going live was the first thing that struck us as weird. The fact that the site is actually pointing to a Chinese website, is the real thing that sent up our red flags.
For the record, although the site’s whois records feature Hotz’s name and a New Jersey residence, Ra1nb0wRa1n does not appear to be associated with GeoHot in any way, shape, or form…
By Sebastien Page on Jan 14, 2011
Earlier today we saw an application that allows you to fake your email identity, and now we’ve learned about Hack Center, a new jailbreak app to be available on Cydia soon, which will let you send fake scores to Game Center.
As you can see on the demo video below, this tweak is pretty straightforward. At the end of a game, it will simply ask you what you want your score to be and will submit it to Game Center… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jan 14, 2011
Want to trick a friend by sending him an email from a fake sender, now you can, with FakeMail. This new application available in the App Store will help you send emails from a fake sender and fake email address.
Perfect to play pranks on friends! I can only imagine my friend’s face if I sent him a fake email from his boss telling him he’s fired! Well, you get the idea of the app. Playing tricks to your friend has a price though. In this case, the FakeMail application will cost you $.99 in the App Store… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jan 4, 2011
A new year is always the right time to make resolutions. I personally stopped making resolutions years ago because I wouldn’t stick to them. Instead I now make predictions, but that’s a different story. It seems that Steve Jobs does however make resolutions, and plenty of them.
Scribbled on a Starbucks napkin, Steve’s resolutions for 2011 were acquired by the Scoopertino’s Team, after a rough battle with Gizmodo, which of course laid down the money to get it first.
At the top of the list is the resolution to keep the Verizon iPhone myth going… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 1, 2011
There are plenty of fake iPhone knockoffs, like the HiPhone 4G. Apple has sued many manufacturers around the world for clearly cloning the iPhone or stealing some of its key features.
China has always been the largest hub of fake, knockoff gadgets. If you visit China, chances are you will find all the recent models of mobile phones cloned and selling at less than half their original prices. Because the iPhone’s appeal is at a global level, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Apple to crack down on all of these little companies overseas that are creating knockoff iPhone models.
The Sophone is by far the best iPhone 4 knockoff of 2010. It didn’t receive American coverage until late December, but the device has been a huge hit in China. It copies the iPhone 4 in almost every way imaginable. The way that the Sophone identically mirrors the iPhone 4 is unbelievable. You really have to see it to believe it…