It’s still a week to go before Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will officially hit the market, but China has already seen knockoff versions of the handsets being peddled in some cities.
In Shenzhen, some shopkeepers are selling a copycat iPhone 6s for about 600 yuan (US$94.3) and the Plus version for 1,100 yuan, Apple Daily reported.
The knockoff iPhone looks almost similar to the authentic handset except that it is slightly thicker. A reporter saw a gold-colored handset featuring a dual core processor and offering 8 gigabytes storage memory.
Shopkeepers in the Huaqiangbei electronic market were quoted as saying that they will later offer other colors such as silver, space gray and rose gold. The newer knockoff products will offer quad core processor, which will offer higher speed.
The fake iPhone 6s is also said to feature the fingerprint recognition function Touch ID. Users can unlock the phone by pressing their fingers on the sensor. But the Touch ID can unlock the phone by anybody’s fingerprint, meaning anyone — not just the owner — can access the handset.
As for software, the knockoff 6s and 6s Plus phones do not run Apple’s iOS operating system. Instead, they run the Android system. The operating system may sometimes go choppy, but users may find no difference in the interface when compared to the real thing.
Meanwhile, it is the first time that a knockoff version uses the same Lightning cables as the real handsets, according to the report.
“Details of the knockoff iPhone 6s Plus have been taken quite seriously. The interface has 90 percent similarities with the real one. I will not call it a knockoff but a quality imitation,” a worker at an electronics store in Hong Kong told Apple Daily after examining the phone.
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