Why You Should Never Buy an iPad in a Parking Lot

By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2011

The fact that Apple products are highly sought after and typically more expensive than similar electronics make them the perfect tool for scam artists. An Apple gadget offered at a significant discount is enough to make anyone oblivious to scandal.

That certainly seems to be the basis of an epidemic that has Grand Prairie police officers scratching their heads. The North-Texas city has seen over a dozen instances of a recurring scam involving fake Apple products… Read More


If You Liked the Fake Apple Stores, You’ll Love this Fake Steve Jobs Biography

By Oliver Haslam on Aug 20, 2011

It appears fake Apple Stores aren’t the only aspects of the Cupertino outfit to fall foul to some dodgy dealings, with M.I.C. Gadget telling of an interesting new book being sold in Taiwan – a book that seems to be a fake Steve Jobs biography.

The impostor’s title loosely translates to Steve Jobs Gives 11 Advices to Teenager, according to the site, with the title appearing in the top five business books sold by Taiwanese book store KingStone… Read More


Apple Going After New York City Counterfeit Stores

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2011

With Apple’s unprecedented success in the retail space, it’s no wonder that other businesses have tried to emulate. By now you’ve likely heard of the string of fake Apple Stores that have been springing up over the last few months.

While the previous counterfeits we’ve seen were located in China, apparently that’s not the only place harboring fakes. Reuters reports that there’s a couple of knock off stores located here in the States, and Apple is going after these faux retail outlets… Read More


One of the Coolest Fake Apple Stores We’ve Ever Seen

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


Unboxing the iPhone 5

By Sébastien 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


HiPhone 5 Now Available

By Sébastien 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


iPhone “Spy Shots” Are Easier to Fake Than You Think

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


Fake iPhone 5 Units Surface, Indicative of Real iPhone 5 Design?

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


Fake Apple Stores in China Getting Shut Down

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


China is the Land of Fake iPhones and Fake… Apple Stores?

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


FakeLocation: Make Apps Believe You Are Anywhere

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


Watch Out for iPhone and iPad Scams

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


JailbreakMe 3.0 Teaser Image Proved Fake, Exact ETA on iPad 2 Jailbreak Unknown

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


Exclusive Preview of iOS 5

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


Can You Tell These Fake and Real iPhones Apart?

By Sébastien 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


Beware: Malware and Phishing Emails Pose as Apple and iPhone 5

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


China is the iPhone’s Fastest Growing Market

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


Fake iPhone 4 Nano Being Sold in China for $60

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


Fake Ra1nb0wRa1n iPhone Jailbreak Website Deemed Not the Real Deal

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…
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New iPhone Hack Allows You to Fake Your Game Center Scores

By Sébastien 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