Differences Between Real and Fake iPhones – How to Check if Your iPhone is Original
1. Packaging Box Of Apple iPhone:
First and foremost, an easier difference between real and fake iPhones is the box. The build and quality of both boxes can be very similar, but there will always be a slight difference in the box sizes. The real box is compact whereas the fake one will tend to be larger. You can also check for the Apple logo on the box, and also its color.
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2. Serial Number:
Every iPhone has a serial number that identifies it. Locate the serial number on the iPhone by tapping “Settings > General > About > Serial Number.” This number must be verified from the Apple official website “https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do.” Search it up to confirm its originality.
Check the iPhone’s warranty period by entering the serial number. If you receive the message “We’re sorry, this serial number is not valid. Please check your information and try again,” then it is a fake iPhone.
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3. iTunes Connectivity and Syncing:
A remarkable feature of an iPhone is its ability to entertain its users with iTunes. You can check if your iPhone is fake or original by trying to connect it to iTunes. If it does not connect, or it is not recognized by iTunes, then it’s definitely not an original iPhone. Before coming to this conclusion, ensure that your iTunes and iOS software are both up to date.
If you cannot sync information between your iPhone and your computer, attempt to restore your iPhone through iTunes. An iPhone that doesn’t connect to iTunes or the App Store after being restored is either fake or damaged.
The iPhone arrives with native or built-in Apple-branded apps. Unless an iPhone is jailbroken, these apps cannot be removed. Some examples of built-in applications include “Contacts,” “Compass,” “Settings,” “Calculator,” “Music” and “Photos.” If any these applications are missing, the phone is either jailbroken or fake. You can restore the original firmware by entering DFU mode and reinstalling the operating system. If native applications are still missing, then your iPhone is likely fake.
5. 3D Touch Feature:
The iPhone 6S and later versions’ 3D Touch display is the latest evolution of the multi-touch display and it is also one of the key improvements we have seen. Apple has improved the display in various ways. Apart from the size and resolution details, there is a new feature dubbed as 3D Touch.
So you can spot a fake iPhone 6S or above phones by trying to use the 3D Touch feature. If this is not present/doesn’t work, the iPhone is not real.
6. Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider:
If your iPhone has passed several of these steps but you still suspect that it’s fake, bring it to your closest Apple store or Apple authorized service provider. A store technician can run diagnostic tests on your iPhone to verify its authenticity or lack thereof. Thus, you can identify whether it’s a fake or real iPhone.
7. Check for Siri:
The most important feature that would be absent in a fake iPhone is Siri. Siri is the voice recognizing digital assistant of yours, to help you use your iPhone with simple voice commands. If it doesn’t recognize your voice or an error appears, then it is a fake iPhone.
8. Pentalobe Screws:
To identify a fake iPhone, check its screws. Apple uses the Pentalobe screws in real iPhones, whereas a fake iPhone just has normal cross screws. Here is an image of the Pentalobe screws as well as their location on the iPhone.
9. External Memory Card Slot:
Apple iPhone 6S or later models have no external memory card slots like their predecessors. So, if you have an iPhone 6S or any other model of iPhone with an external SD Card, then it is a fake iPhone.
10. Check the Physical Buttons:
One of the main aspects that can indicate if an iPhone is fake or not is the physical button placement. It is very important to check that the physical buttons on your iPhone are where they should be located. In an original iOS device, the sleep/wake button is on the top right corner, while the volume switch and ringer slider are on the upper left side. If the buttons are placed somewhere else, then it is a guarantee that the device is fake.
A Few Bonus Tips To Check If The iPhone Is Original Or Fake:
We would be amazed if the above tips didn’t work for you. No problem, following are some short tips that may also help you detect the reality of the iPhone; whether it’s original or fake.
- Check the screen: The screen of original iPhone should be clear and not pixelated.
- Only iOS: Apple uses the only iOS as its official operating system. If you see any application other than iOS, it is 100% fake.
- No warranty: Sellers of fake iPhones will not give you a warranty to a certified iPhone service centre.
- Cheap price: If it is being sold far cheaper than a regular iPhone’s suggested price, then think twice before buying the product.
I hope the tips and checkpoints in the article can help you if you need to tell the difference between real and fake iPhones. Stay tuned and keep updated on the topic, and please let us know if you have ever bought a fake iPhone. If so, share your experience with us in the comments section below.
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Models of iPhone that you can check:
This article pertains to all versions of the iPhone including the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 11, XE, 8, 7, and lower models as well.