How To Identify The Original iPhone Or Not

The presence of two or three slots for SIM-cards

Genuine iPhone supports only one SIM card, which is placed in a special tray that is removed from the device with a needle.

Check Siri

The presence of the Siri voice control program distinguishes the original iPhone from a fake. The Chinese have not yet learned how to integrate this program into their “fakes”. Just hold down the Home button for a few seconds and see the result.

How to distinguish an iPhone from a fake: other ways

If outwardly the iPhone does not show any signs of a Chinese counterfeit, use other verification methods:

The presence of touch buttons

There is only one button on the front of the real iPhone. “Home”, and it is physical.

Let’s check the operating system

All of the above verification methods apply not only to the sixth version, so you can check the iPhone of any series. Knowing how to distinguish the original iPhone 6 from a fake, you can always save yourself from buying an unnecessary low-quality device, but also save money and nerves. What do you think about this? I look forward to your comments.

Go to AppStore. Screen grain

If you manage to turn on your iPhone prior to purchasing, that’s great. An experienced Apple user will always distinguish an original from a fake one by only one gadget screen. The original has a display created using RETINA technology, which has a very high pixel density.

Iphone visual check

Visual inspection is not always effective, because the “Chinese masters” have already got used to designing forgeries that look identical to the original. However, there is no need to neglect the inspection. The check will save you from purchasing the lowest quality “fake” and it will not take much time.

Signs of a Chinese iPhone are:

Poor logo

If the legendary “bitten apple” on the back of the device is a sticker or painted, there can be no two opinions. They are trying to sell you a copy.

How to authenticate an iPhone

Apple’s innovative technology and professional marketing have made the iPhone the most popular phone in the world and is in high demand by consumers. This inevitably triggered the production of counterfeit iPhones and created all sorts of obstacles to authenticating iPhones. If you doubt the originality of your phone, use this instruction to verify the authenticity of your iPhone.

Iphone Authentication Guide

  • Measure the iPhone screen. A genuine iPhone measures 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) diagonally. Check the screen size with a ruler. If it turns out to be larger or smaller than 3.5 inches, the phone may be a copy.
  • Check for a SIM card slot. Apple makes iPhones with only one SIM card. Find the SIM card slot. The first generation iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS have it on the top, while the iPhone 4 and 4S have a slot on the side of the phone and it accepts a Micro-SIM card, which is almost half the size of the standard one. Plus, if you have to remove the back of your phone to find your SIM card, the phone is definitely not a genuine iPhone.
  • Find your iPhone serial number. Apple manufactures every iPhone with a serial number that identifies the name and key characteristics of the model. The serial number of the iPhone consists of 11-12 digits. It can be found at the bottom of the original packaging, on the phone itself on the SIM card tray, or viewed through the phone menu. Tap “Settings” on the iPhone home screen, then select “General.” “About this device”. Scroll down the screen and find and write down the serial number. Make sure all three numbers match.
  • Verify the authenticity of the iPhone using the SNDeepInfo service. Based on the results of the check, the main characteristics of the phone will be displayed, if they do not match your device, or the serial number is not recognized, then with a high degree of probability the iPhone can be considered a fake.

Additionally:
Apple makes iPhones with touch screens that only respond to the touch of your fingers. In the case of some fakes, a stylus is used to control elements on the phone screen. Apple does not manufacture an iPhone with a stylus and the screen of a real iPhone will not respond to the touch of a plastic or metal stylus.

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Plain

If a person has ever held a real iPhone in his hands, he will almost certainly be able to distinguish it from a fake.

Not sure what to look for? No problem! Now we will teach.

Accessories and equipment

Each iPhone comes with a charging cable, headphones, USB adapter, as well as an envelope with documentation, stickers and a paper clip to remove the SIM card tray. All accessories must be neatly wound and packed in transparent films. Original cables, unlike fakes, are much softer, and the plastic on their connectors is impeccably smooth and has no burrs or sagging. Of course, everything should be laid out in its place in perfect order.

How to tell a real iPhone from a fake one

Proven ways to recognize original Apple devices and not fall for the bait of scammers.

The development of technology gives us not only cooler iPhones, but also a lot of copies, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the original. In order not to be trapped, it is better to buy iPhone only from authorized dealers. It will be more expensive, but safer.

If you still don’t want to overpay, you can try your luck and look for better from gray sellers. Just to get started, arm yourself with recommendations that will help you not run into a fake.

There are two ways to tell the difference between a real iPhone and a Chinese copy: an easy one and a harder one. Let’s start SIMple.

More complicated

A person with a trained eye will be able to distinguish a fake, not only without turning on the iPhone, but also without opening the box. There are several good signs that will help you identify a clone right off the bat. Here they are.

Iphone appearance

The smartphone itself should create the impression of a quality thing: the weight is felt, the metal pleasantly cools the hand. All modern iPhones are made of aluminum, in fakes, the case material can be any, up to painted plastic.

On a real iPhone, the parts fit tightly together and have minimal gaps. The buttons and the silent mode switch should clearly respond to pressing and have no backlash. There is an IMEI on the back cover of the smartphone, which matches the numbers on the box and the SIM card tray.

Assembled in China, on the other hand, should not be feared. It is completely legal, because the iPhone is only developed in the USA, and produced and assembled in China.

A blatant fake with giblets will be given out details that SIMply cannot be in a real iPhone. These signs include:

  • Removable back cover and battery;
  • Support for two or more SIM cards;
  • Slot for memory cards;
  • Microusb connector;
  • Telescopic antenna.

But even if the fake is of high quality and it is outwardly difficult to distinguish it from the original, all doubts should be dispelled after switching on.

Box

Apple has a very sensitive eye for detail, and it is expressed in everything about the iPhone, from the packaging. The real box should be made of thick coated cardboard with even corners and a logo made by embossing. On the bottom there is always a sticker with the model name, serial number, IMEI and storage capacity. But the main thing is, of course, the contents of the box.

Software and internal filling

The days of clumsy translations and hieroglyphs on the menu are long gone. Now the Chinese have learned to imitate the interface and repeat the fonts exactly. What they do not know yet is to fake functions: neither Siri nor Find iPhone in the clone will work, of course.

Also, a fake cannot have a valid serial number that will be verified on the Apple website. Therefore, checking the balance of the warranty by the serial number is the easiest method to determine if the iPhone is real or fake.

To check, you need to find the serial number in the system settings (in the section “Basic” → “About this device”), make sure that it is identical to the number on the SIM card tray and the box, and then enter it in the verification form on this page. If the iPhone is genuine, the site will provide model details, warranty balance, and other information. Otherwise, you will see the message “Sorry, this serial number is not correct” or something SIMilar.

Another guaranteed express method for determining the authenticity of an iPhone is syncing with iTunes.

The media combine automatically detects the connected device, showing all information about it, and, as you might guess, it will see through the fake at once. Just take a laptop with iTunes installed to the meeting with the seller and take care of the Internet connection.

Have you come across iPhone clones and fraudulent sellers? Be sure to share your experience in the comments.

How to identify “artisanal” refurbished iPhones

In fact, these are the same used devices that are assembled in some unknown place and it is not clear how. This means that you can also distinguish them. Check by the serial number on the Apple website. If the warranty has passed, then the iPhone is not new.

And all would be fine, but many sellers, selling unofficially (read, in basement workshops) restored iPhones under the guise of new ones, go to all sorts of tricks and try to confuse the buyer:

  • Say, this is some kind of special phone (Eurotest, Chinese, American, special). So the check does not work. Remember, verification on the Apple website should always work!
  • The serial number on the box is forged. A random IMEI is indicated, which has not yet been activated. And the device, in fact, has a different number.

But the worst thing is that craftsmen can change the serial number directly in the phone. What to do and how to find out the truth?

  • Check IMEI by command # call button. By dialing it (like a regular call) you will see a serial number. Compare it with the one indicated on the box and in the settings.
  • The most time consuming but most reliable is to restore the iPhone firmware via iTunes. After this procedure, all interference with the operating system, if any, will disappear.

Well, then we act “according to the knurled pattern”. Go to the Apple website, check and draw conclusions.

How to know if your iPhone is new and not used?

The easiest and surest way is to use the Apple website:

  • We’ll need a serial number. Over, if you are just going to buy a device, then it is not even necessary to activate it. You can always look at the box, or, what is more reliable, at the activation stage, click on the “i in a circle” icon. However, there are other ways to find out IMEI.
  • We go to the official Apple website in the section “checks eligibility for service and support”. Here is the link.
  • Enter the serial number and look at the result.

There may be many options, but in order to make sure that the iPhone is new, we are only interested in two:

  • Iphone needs to be activated. It means that the device is new and no one has used it.
  • Estimated expiration date. It should end exactly one year after the first activation and inclusion. Here already look at the situation. If you are sold a phone under the guise of a new one, but the estimated service date ends in a couple of months. They lie to you and the iPhone is at least used.

Received any other messages that you do not understand? The decryption is in the article about the results of checking the eligibility for service and support.

How to tell the difference between a new and refurbished iPhone?

There is one small snag in this question.

Let’s start with the latter.

How to tell a new iPhone from a used or refurbished iPhone?

Reade set Go. Let’s go! 🙂

How officially refurbished iPhones differ

We all know that Apple does refurbish and market certain iPhones like new.

How do you find out that you have a restored device in front of you? In fact, there are not so many ways:

  • The first and most important is the type of box (it will be different).
  • Lettering on the box. Next to the serial number you will see RFB.
  • The price will be lower than the “regular” model.

There are no other differences. These are the same devices as the new ones. They have a full warranty and are verified in the same way on the Apple website. You don’t need to be afraid of them.

So what’s the bottom line?

  • The surest and surest way to know if an iPhone is new is to check it out on Apple’s website. Depending on the results of the check, it will already be possible to draw a conclusion whether this is a used device or not.
  • Sometimes the serial number can be spoofed to pass off an unofficially refurbished iPhone as a brand new device. Therefore, we look at the IMEI not only on the box, but also in the device settings (ideally, restore the firmware via iTunes. If the serial is changed in any way, then after this procedure the real numbers will “return”).
  • Officially refurbished iPhones are virtually indistinguishable from regular iPhones. The only difference will be in the picture and the inscription on the box, the price.

Perhaps these are the most important points from all of the above.

I hope that the information was useful. If it helps at least a few people (saves them from buying a “bad” gadget, reassures and assures that the purchased iPhone is really new), then it will be very good!

Features of branded Apple Watch

As always, as soon as some popular premium gadget goes out into the world, fraudsters immediately begin to “clone” it. So it happened with Apple’s wrist accessories. Therefore, it is important to understand the features of the watch in order to know exactly how to distinguish the original Apple Watch from a cheap or not very fake. Below are the distinctive features of the original watch.

There are no connectors

Apple Watch is ultra-modern gadgets that do not use connectors for connecting to a smartphone, connecting accessories or recharging. With an iPhone, Bluetooth headphones and a charger, the connection occurs via wireless technologies.

Therefore, the surest way to distinguish a fake from an original Apple Watch is to check the case for any connectors. If they are not there, there is a chance that the buyer is in front of the original, and if suddenly there is a 100% replica.

Special hardened body

What the manufacturer says about the process of making smart watches, for example, White Ceramic Case with White Sport Band:

  • The future shell is pressed at the beginning of production;
  • Then it is thermally treated;
  • At the end. Polished with diamond suspension for a perfectly smooth surface.

According to the brand, it takes several days to create each chronometer case. In addition, Apple releases the current Smart-watch models in a durable case made of aluminum and steel. Moisture and dust protection of the shell is provided. For example, with Apple Watch Series 4 in gold color, you can swim.

The counterfeiters, of course, don’t have the impressive manufacturing capabilities of Apple, so the copies are flimsy, rather heavy, with no hint of dust or splash resistance.

What you need to do to recognize a fake

No inputs for SIM, memory card

Apple smartwatches do not have holes for inserting a memory card. There is also no place for a SIM card in the accessories. These features are rigorously supported in all Apple Watch series: from the first to the fourth.

Copies, on the contrary, are designed so that they can be used without being tied to a smart. Therefore, counterfeit devices often have a SIM card slot and even a place to install a memory card.

For information: Apple Watch can also be used without a smartphone, but the full functionality will be revealed only when working in pairs: iPhone smart watch.

Check design and extra parts

The original watch has a touchscreen display, a rectangular case with rounded corners and edges, as well as a button and a branded Digital Crown wheel on the right side. In the latest, 4 Series Apple Watch, slight clicks are felt when scrolling the wheel. In such a device Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band, these clicks are.

On the left are the holes for the microphone and speaker. On the back of the chronometer there are “marks” for connecting a magnetic charge.

We emphasize once again: connectors and slots for SIM cards, memory cards in the original Apple Watch of any series are absent!

The design is laconic, neat. There are no sharp protrusions and unnecessary details here. How else is a fake different from a branded gadget? It can be large bezels on the sides of the screen, and an overly small display. In addition, counterfeits are larger, thicker and, accordingly, heavier than the original.

Charging by magnetic induction

The smartwatch is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which needs to be recharged periodically. But the charging cord is not inserted into the accessory itself, but into a special charging magnet, which, in turn, contacts the device without wires.

It is a round “pill” that is applied to the back of the chronometer (there are marks where the charger should be magnetized). The magnet cable can be plugged into the USB port of a PC, power bank, laptop, or you can use a regular outlet.

Note: There is one more way to charge the wrist accessory: use a special docking station, which fits the smart watch and is powered by energy.

How to distinguish an original Apple Watch from a fake: a comparison by 10 parameters

Smart watches from Apple cost a lot, but users are not wasting money in vain, because in return they get multifunctional, high-quality and reliable accessories. The same cannot be said about fakes. That’s where it’s a waste of finance. How not to fall for the tricks of scammers?

Smartwatches have several proprietary features that will help buyers 100% authenticate Apple Watch. What to look for first of all: the box, the appearance of the chronometer, the presence / absence of connectors, the appearance of the OS, something else? We figure out how to distinguish the original Apple Watch from the Chinese or any other fake.

View installed OS

The final touch of verification is to turn on Apple Watch and check the operating system. Originals only work on watchOS (like this MTEY2FS / A).

Manufacturers of copies instead of proprietary operating systems most often use an adapted version of Android or unknown firmware in fakes. In addition to low-quality translation, there are many other bugs in fake OS: it is impossible to change the theme of the dial, there is no Siri assistant, there are no useful Apple branded applications, etc.

Finally, another way to check the original Apple Watch. This time we use the serial number of the watch. What do we have to do:

  • Go to the chronometer settings.
  • Open the section “General”, then “About this device”.
  • Find Serial Number (Letters Numbers).
  • Go to the official website of the brand.
  • Go to the section with checking the eligibility for service and support.
  • Enter IMEI in the appropriate box.
  • Enter the verification code and press Enter.

If the system displays information about the model (like this, for example, Apple Watch 4 series in silver). Everything is ok, the original is in front of the user. If an error appears. Fake.

How to check if iPhone is original or not by IMEI?

Check for originality is also carried out through the IMEY iPhone. You can find out the IMEI number in several ways:

Find on the packaging with a barcode. IMEI is lower than the serial number.

Find on the tray for the SIM card.

Through the “Settings” of the gadget. The path that the user needs to go through. “Settings”. “General”. “About this device”.

Through a combination. It is enough to dial # and the IMEI number will appear on the screen.

IMEY consists of 15 digits. Alphabetic characters do not occur.

It is possible to check the authenticity of the gadget by IMEI using two services:

Cndeepinfo.

This service allows you to check how high-quality the hardware of the tested smartphone is. As a rule, “underground” manufacturers use the lowest-grade components. Cndeepinfo service is universal and suitable for checking not only iPhones, but also gadgets of other brands.

How To Identify The Original iPhone Or Not

Enter the IMEI number in the window and click the “Check” button. The test result will consist of several parts. First part. Certificate.

If you want to know more about what information the certificate gives, click on the round button with the letter “i”. In the picture it is circled in red.

A certificate in the form of a banner can be inserted into other resources. Click the button “HTML-code to embed on sites and forums”, and you will have access to all kinds of links and codes:

For example, a link to an image of a certificate can be placed by an iPhone seller in an advertisement for a sale. This will increase the level of trust of potential buyers.

The second block. “IMEI decryption”.

From this block it becomes clear that the whole IMEY can be divided into 3 components:

    TAC number. Describes the model and origin of the phone (first 8 digits) The serial number of the gadget. Is unique for each device (6 subsequent digits) Check digit. The 15th digit that allows you to check the correctness of all previous ones. The check digit is calculated using the “Moon” aLGorithm. See this aLGorithm here.

There are no two phones with the same IMEI numbers.

The third block. “Detailed information”.

Alas, detailed information is not available during a free check. After clicking on the “Get information” button, you will be faced with an offer to pay.

If you scroll down the page with the verification results, you will find the button “Add to the list of lost or stolen”.

If you lose a gadget, you should use this particular button. This way you complicate the task of selling the phone for the attacker.

How to check an iPhone for authenticity on the Apple website?

This method is the most suitable, because to use it you don’t even need to open the box and take out the device itself. Follow the instructions:

Look on the package for the serial number of the device. It should be located on the back of the box between the IMEI and the Part No. Serial number consists of 11 or 12 characters (numbers and letters).

If the iPhone is printed and activated, check the “serial numbers” on the package and in the device settings (path “Settings”. “General”. “About this device”).

Go to the site http://www.Apple.com/ru/ and in the upper right corner select the “Support” tab.

Scroll down and find the Warranty Repair section. Here you need to follow the link “Check warranty status”.

Enter the serial number of the device in the special window, then enter the captcha code.

After entering the data, click “Continue”. If you entered the number incorrectly, the system will display the following message:

After entering the correct serial number of the activated iPhone, you will see the following screen:

Pay attention to the checkmark in the green field opposite the item “Actual date of purchase”. It is this that confirms that the gadget is original. The rest of the points are devoted to the international warranty for the device, which has a duration of 1 year from the date of purchase, and the right to a free consultation by phone. An iPhone owner can exercise this right for 3 months. As you can see, using the service, you can establish not only the authenticity of the device, but also the approximate period of use of the gadget (more than 3 months, more than a year). In our case, the warranty has already expired, so the system offers only paid appeal.

If the iPhone is not yet activated, you will see an exclamation mark in the yellow box and the caption “Product Purchase Date Required”.

The very fact that the service found this device in the database, and did not give an error, confirms the originality of the gadget.

Please note: if the serial number of the gadget begins with a combination of “5K”, then you are looking at an iPhone of the Refurbished category, that is, refurbished by the manufacturer or seller. Refurbished iPhone cannot be called completely new, despite the fact that the repair is usually of high quality and that Apple gives a full guarantee for such a device.

International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI).

Actually, the site of the international identifier itself is available at www.IMEI.Info. To check, you need to enter a 15-digit number in the “Enter IMEI” window.

After entering the number, press “Check”. Iphone information appears on the screen.

If this information is not enough for you, click the “Read” button. A full description of the device’s functionality will appear, accompanied by a photo and 3D animation.

Important: when registering on the www.IMEI.Info website through your mailbox, check the “Spam” folder. Most likely, a letter with a proposal to activate your account will be there.

How to check iPhone for authenticity?

It is better to check the iPhone by serial number and IMEI if you buy a sealed gadget. The seller is unlikely to agree to open the package just for you to look at the smartphone. But when buying an iPhone from hands without a box and documents, it is very important to pay attention to visual inspection. The typical signs of Chinese fakes are described here.

Check iPhone by Serial Number

Using the serial number, you can not only find out general information about the device, but also generally find out if they are trying to deceive you.

    Go to the following path in the device menu: Settings. General. About this device. Serial number.

International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI).

Actually, the site of the international identifier itself is available at www.IMEI.Info. To check, you need to enter a 15-digit number in the “Enter IMEI” window.

After entering the number, press “Check”. Iphone information appears on the screen.

If this information is not enough for you, click the “Read” button. A full description of the device’s functionality will appear, accompanied by a photo and 3D animation.

Important: when registering on the www.IMEI.Info website through your mailbox, check the “Spam” folder. Most likely, a letter with a proposal to activate your account will be there.

Check iPhone by IMEI

First you need to find out the IMEI, and you can do this in several ways.

  • On the package, under the serial number should be located IMEI.
  • On the SIM tray.
  • In the menu: Settings. General. About this device.
  • Dialing #.

On the website www.IMEI.Info, enter 15 digits in the appropriate line and click Check. If the information is not true, then you have a fake.

Checking with iTunes

Perhaps the easiest way to detect a fake is to try to connect the device to a PC running iTunes. If the program recognizes the connected device, then in front of you is the original, but if nothing happens, then you have connected a fake.

How to check if iPhone is original or not by IMEI?

Check for originality is also carried out through the IMEY iPhone. You can find out the IMEI number in several ways:

Find on the packaging with a barcode. IMEI is lower than the serial number.

Find on the tray for the SIM card.

Through the “Settings” of the gadget. The path that the user needs to go through. “Settings”. “General”. “About this device”.

Through a combination. It is enough to dial # and the IMEI number will appear on the screen.

IMEY consists of 15 digits. Alphabetic characters do not occur.

It is possible to check the authenticity of the gadget by IMEI using two services:

Identifying Refurbished iPhone by Packaging

If you have not purchased the device yet, you can identify the refurbished phone by the packaging. Of course, it is unlikely that the smartphone will be sold under the guise of a new one, but it is worth knowing about it.

    An iPhone is refurbished if it is stamped with the text “Apple Certified Pre-Owned” on the box. There may also be slightly different options, but the meaning is always about the same.

Inspect the exterior

Housing. First of all, there should be no gaps between the screen and the case, the display must fit snugly to the base. Attention should also be paid to the buttons: they should be without “backlash”, easy to press, with a characteristic even click. No crunching or crackling is allowed. This is a clear sign of a fake.

Examine the inscriptions on the case itself: so that they are even, read without problems, and have no errors and typos. Also here is the model number and IMEI, which can be checked on the official Apple website.

You can even identify a copy by the paint of the case: if it is erased and leaves marks on your hands, you should immediately put such an iPhone aside. Sometimes a plastic case is also installed on fakes instead of an aluminum one. The material is very easy to distinguish: aluminum keeps cold, and if you knock on it lightly, you will hear a characteristic metallic sound.

Screen. On the iPhone, the screen is always deep black and can only be slightly lighter than the body if the smartphone is made in a dark color. If the screen is gray or noticeably lighter than the body, it is no longer original. This does not mean that the entire smartphone is a fake, but it makes it clear that the iPhone at least visited a dubious service center.

Camera. The camera lens must be flat and neatly positioned in the designated area on the body. Dust under the glass of the camera and other suspicious effects are also indicative of opening and repair.

Back panel and ports. In no case should the Apple logo be pried off with a fingernail. It is made of stainless steel and is securely recessed into the lid, as it is an element of it. The back cover must not be removed: the iPhone case of any model is monolithic.

Right. A copy of the iPhone

There should be no antennas, unnecessary parts and ports (except 3.5 mm and Lightning, and with the iPhone 7. Only Lightning). Iphone SIM tray does not have any memory card slots. Only SIM (Nano format).

Pay attention to the Lightning port. On the sides there are neat bolts with a thread for a five-sided screwdriver. If the bolts are damaged, the thread is torn off or there are noticeable scratches, then the device was opened, and of poor quality. The originality of the “filling” can be immediately questioned.

It is also worth testing the Sound / Vibration switching slider on the side end. There should be a clear vibration response when switching to quiet mode.

Above. A copy of the iPhone

How to check an iPhone for authenticity on the Apple website?

This method is the most suitable, because to use it you don’t even need to open the box and take out the device itself. Follow the instructions:

Look on the package for the serial number of the device. It should be located on the back of the box between the IMEI and the Part No. Serial number consists of 11 or 12 characters (numbers and letters).

If the iPhone is printed and activated, check the “serial numbers” on the package and in the device settings (path “Settings”. “General”. “About this device”).

Go to the site http://www.Apple.com/ru/ and in the upper right corner select the “Support” tab.

Scroll down and find the Warranty Repair section. Here you need to follow the link “Check warranty status”.

Enter the serial number of the device in the special window, then enter the captcha code.

After entering the data, click “Continue”. If you entered the number incorrectly, the system will display the following message:

After entering the correct serial number of the activated iPhone, you will see the following screen:

Pay attention to the checkmark in the green field opposite the item “Actual date of purchase”. It is this that confirms that the gadget is original. The rest of the points are devoted to the international warranty for the device, which has a duration of 1 year from the date of purchase, and the right to a free consultation by phone. An iPhone owner can exercise this right for 3 months. As you can see, using the service, you can establish not only the authenticity of the device, but also the approximate period of use of the gadget (more than 3 months, more than a year). In our case, the warranty has already expired, so the system offers only paid appeal.

If the iPhone is not yet activated, you will see an exclamation mark in the yellow box and the caption “Product Purchase Date Required”.

The very fact that the service found this device in the database, and did not give an error, confirms the originality of the gadget.

Please note: if the serial number of the gadget begins with a combination of “5K”, then you are looking at an iPhone of the Refurbished category, that is, refurbished by the manufacturer or seller. Refurbished iPhone cannot be called completely new, despite the fact that the repair is usually of high quality and that Apple gives a full guarantee for such a device.

Checking iPhone Status

Despite the fact that the overall quality of counterfeits has increased markedly over the past few years, minor flaws can still be seen immediately if you look closely.

Pay attention to the small details:

  • The back cover must not be removable.
  • The case of the original iPhone is made of aluminum, while counterfeit manufacturers like to save money and often try to emit metal with plastic.
  • Real iPhone can’t have dual SIM.
  • All current models, starting from the fifth generation, have a proprietary Lighting connector, no Mini / Micro-USB.
  • The system should not have Google Play, and the settings should contain information about the iOS operating system. Any mention of Android means that this is a fake.
  • On the back cover of any iPhone (including versions for the Chinese market) there should be an inscription “Designed by Apple in Califormia. Assembled in China “. If hieroglyphs or any other text flaunts instead of this inscription on the back cover, then this is a fake.
  • If you had experience using an iPhone or other Apple devices, then you can probably identify a fake by screen quality, menu design, fonts and other SIMilar nuances.

One more nuance, go to Settings. General, find the Software Update item there. If it is not, then this is a fake.