Fake iPhone Ring Reportedly Busted in China
Police in Shanghai have broken up an operation making and selling fake iPhones to the Chinese market, according to reports.
Five people have been arrested after buying in components from Guangdong in the south of the country and transporting them to Shanghai were they were assembled, Reuters reports local media as saying.
Apparently the fakes look pretty convincing: "It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones," one officer apparently said. The fakes also performed the same functions as a genuine iPhone but had a much shorter battery life, it is reported.
The fakes were cost around 2,000 yuan - roughly £200 - to construct and were being sold for 4,000 yuan (£400).
It is far from the first problem Apple has had with fakery in China in recent months -- a string of fake Apple stores were found in Kunming over the summer. A consumer advocate also accused Apple of reselling used iPhones as new in the country in August.
The company has also had problems closer to home recently -- last month it was granted a a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against several U.S. retailers for infringing Apple's trademark.