How to Distinguish the Original iPhone From a Fake?

Recently there has been a rapid growth in the popularity of the iPhone in the market place. As the marketability of the iPhone grows, so does a desire to replicate the phone at a cheaper price. These cheaper phones are known as replicas. There is no comparison between the quality of an original iPhone and the replica iPhone. The latter has a lower life span and a poorer quality. The replica devices are often referred to as “Chinese” iPhones which is not surprising since most of these fakes are made in China. The original iPhones are made in China as well. Since both versions of the phones are made in China it may seem harder to differentiate between the two. However distinguishing a real iPhone from a replica is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right knowledge differentiating the two can be a simple task.

iPhone and High-Quality Replica

Original products by any respectable company, including Apple, have a number of features by which it can be identified as genuine. Below I will try to give you the most comprehensive list of Apple inherent features that help to distinguish the real iPhone from the replicas.


Apple products have always been expensive, and the iPhone is no exception. If you caught the iPhone at a suspiciously low price go to the store or on the official website. Once there try to compare the cost you were offered with the prices offered on the website or the store. The authentic iPhone price tag varies on the status of the phone. The price of a new phone versus a refurbished phone may vary in price by 15-50% depending on the state, availability, and age of the phone.


IOS is the operating system of Apple brand products. This operating system is used only on Apple devices. Each Apple product comes equipped with a certain set of programs that are unique to this operating system. These programs include iTunes, iPod, Safari, and the App Store.


In the original iPhone users are unable to replace the battery on their own. The only way to replace the battery is with the assistance of an Apple associate, or with a skilled specialist.


The iPhone screen has a diagonal of 3.5 inches, no more, no less. It is made of capacitive technology, and only responds to touch. There is no need for the use of a stylus, pen or similar item. Also the screen does not conduct electricity.

Serial number

All the iPhones have a unique serial number which is located on the bottom of the box. It can also be viewed directly on your phone. Those who wish to view the serial number should follow the subsequent set of instructions: open the “Settings – General – About your device“, and then check it on the official website of Apple.


The original iPhone only comes in black and white.

The Memory Card slot and SIM-Cards

Within the iPhone there is a standard flash drive installed. Therefore you may not change or increase the volume space; keep this in mind when buying the phone. Each iPhone has one connector for SIM-card. There is no iPhone for two SIM-cards. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s use the format Micro SIM.

Synchronization with PC

Download music and videos, ringtones, e-books and other content on the iPhone, with the exception of applications, only with the proprietary software iTunes. If iTunes does not recognize your new iPhone then the phone that you just purchased was a replica.

Rear panel

The rear panel of the phone displays the model number, logo in the shape of an apple, and the IC and ID label «Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China».


The range of accessories includes headphones and a compound charger exclusively white.


Apple products always have a concise, stylish, and polished form. The brand embraced a minimalistic design for the iPhone. The Apple style is almost impossible to confuse with any replica assembled by the Chinese craftsmen.

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