There are many modern gadgets that cost impressive sums. Is it any wonder that fakes of such devices appear on the market. The brightest example of such "creativity" can be considered a replica of the iPhone. Fortunately for a knowledgeable person, it should not be difficult to distinguish a fake from a real smartphone.
1. We inspect the case
The first thing, of course, you should pay attention to is the appearance of the device. Remember that iPhones of any generation are always flagships, which means they look the same. The body of the device is made of glass, steel or aluminum. Only in the 3G / 3GS and 5c models, the cover was made of high quality plastic. It is important to pay attention to tactile sensations.
Pay attention to small details. On the back cover of the iPhone there will be small inscriptions in an even, clean font, made without mistakes. Pay attention to grammatical errors.
Be sure to check the buttons on the device. When you press them, there should be no crunch and crackle, maximum soft click. Check for a mute switch on the left side of the device. Disabling it should produce a clear vibration response (in models prior to iPhone 6s) or hammer blow (except for SE).
Finally, pay attention to the charging connector. For models 4s and older, this is 30-pin. Higher models use Lightning. The presence of a USB-input is evidence of a forgery. Also take a closer look at the pentagonal screwdriver bolts. They should not be worn down or scratched.
2. Test the sensors
IPhones use a capacitive screen that responds to the touch of a finger with no effort. "Play" with launching, minimizing and closing applications, "swap" and other actions that require multiple touches at one time. The craft will probably miss some of the clicks.
Now dial the number and place the device to your ear, while covering the front camera and speaker with your finger. The screen of the gadget should go out. The point is that the iPhone has a feature that prevents random typing.
Be sure to open the Compass app and make sure your iPhone is not lost. You should also ask the seller to show you how Touch ID works, add your fingerprint and check the operation of this system.
3. Check the screen
We turn off the smartphone and start examining the screen. Pay attention to how tightly it fits to the body. When pressed, there should be no subsidence or backlash. Of course, there should be no traces of glue, gaps and crevices.
Also keep in mind that the iPhone has a deep black display. Gray, too light or any other color is evidence of a replacement or fake.
4. Other subtleties
A real iPhone will definitely not have such things as a retractable antenna (there really were fakes with such an antenna in 2007), a slot for two SIM cards (except for the XS / XS Max for the Chinese market), a removable back panel, a USB port, a slot for memory cards.
5. Evaluating the system and so on
The iOS operating system is quite different from any other operating system. It is quite easy to verify its authenticity. When you turn on the device, the download should go smoothly, without slowdowns. All icons on the screen should be neat even squares of the same size with rounded corners and a white name.
Be sure to pay attention to the fonts used and the presence of errors in the signatures. Be sure to check the App Store. It should work on its own, without any redirects. Finding an iOS-only app like Keynote is a good idea.
Finally, be sure to check iTunes as well as the unique IMEI number that is stamped on the back cover or SIM tray.
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