If you are a reader of M.I.C. Gadget, you probably love to see the counterfeit iPods, iPhones, and iPads we have introduced to you. Throughout the year, Chinese counterfeiting reaches a new low with the cloning of fake Apple stores selling real Apple products. The Chinese counterfeiters even have cheap “iPhone 5″ knockoffs for sale before Apple introduces the next iPhone. What’s more impressive is that there’s a MacBook Air knockoff from Shenzhen called the AirBook that looks near identical to Apple’s unibody MacBook Air upon first glance. So, the Apple counterfeits are very attractive, and we would like to show you all the best ones in this super round-up post, just read on to catch up with us!
Chinese knockoff makers gets into the super-thin notebook game in a big way with the $499 AirBook. We’ve played around with it for a while now and can say that it looks very similar to Apple’s MacBook Air, and it’s very cheap. Unfortunately being cheap comes at a price.
The techno-sweatshops of Shenzhen have never seen an Apple design they weren’t willing to ineptly rip off, but this unibody MacBook Air knock-off is a totally different thing, it even rip off Apple’s MacBook Air unibody enclosure, for under half the price of the real thing.
The story I am about to retell you starts in China. Some guy finds a really cheap wireless router at a roadside stall. He buys one right away, without any consideration. Then he goes home and starts unboxing it. But the router doesn’t seem to work properly. In fact, it does not even have chipsets on the board…
Remember the fake Apple store we tracked down in Zhongshan which almost looks like a gas station? Well, we made an exclusive visit to the store, did a comprehensive review of it, and just after 3 days we posted the story, the store removed the ‘leaf’ of the massive glowing Apple logo on the front. We checked what is going on, and here’s what we found: This particular counterfeit Apple shop is now facing legal trouble and Apple is very pissed at this counterfeit retail set-up.
How does Apple fight against Chinese counterfeits? Well, looks like there’s a detailed explanation on that, according to the documents from U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks last week. The details? Apple assembled an anti-counterfeit team that includes a former FBI special agent.
The Chinese knockoff maker’s new iSD has lawyer bait written all over it. What’s iSD? It’s a SD card reader that has a miniaturized all-white design with round corners, and a glowing Apple logo. Glimpse the glamor hands-on shots (from a Taiwanese blogger) and the video below — we promise they’re very interesting.
We like Intel’s Sandy Bridge, it’s probably the most powerful chipset that integrates a multi-core CPU and a GPU on the same silicon die. But someone in China seemed to have a better processor. Introducing Intel “Orz” 2 Duo, just a giant sticker that is plastered onto his car.
Normally we don’t have a chance to tell you what is it actually like to purchase fake iPhones at the kirf markets of China. But recently someone managed to capture a video showing us how is it like to buy an iPhone 5 knockoff from Chinese vendors in Shenyang. The vendor is a girl, and she seemed to be very familiar with the features, and she was even unboxing the fake iPhone 5 to excite the customer. Watch the video after the jump.
The Shanzhai phenomenon continues. We hope you enjoyed the previous episode, and today we bring you the second part. It’s more than meets the eye, featuring an interview with the Chinese iPad knockoff maker who charged Apple with plagiarism. Oh, the great inventor of Apple Peel 520 made an appearance too. Video after the break.
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