Determine Fake vs. Real iPhone
The iPhone is one of the most popular gadgets on the market. This has been proved by the soaring sales that their company is claiming. The iPhone became popular because of the new applications that you can run and it's undeniably classy design. iPhone created a trademark based on not only a trendy cellphone but a very useful device, and it can run applications that you need not only for personal use, but also for your work related duties.
Fake iPhone manufacturers often go a long way just to make their victims believe that what they are selling is the authenticated one. These manufacturers cannot be eradicated from the market arena. What can be done is to educate people in order to to lessen the increasing number of their victims. For those who want to buy the iPhone for the first time, this will be a good guide for you to distinguish the clone iPhone from the original one. You can start from the physical features and move on to the software and internal features.
Steps To Check If iPhone Is Original
1. Check for the screws
The original iPhone use the pentalobe screws, while the fake one uses the normal cross screws. iPhone did this so the consumer can spot quickly if they are buying the original iPhone.
2. Check location of the buttons
Another physical quality to note is that, on the real iPhone, the sleep/wake button is on the top right corner, while the volume switch and ringer switch are on the upper left side. If the switch or buttons are not where they should be, then the phone you are looking at is a fake one.
3. Check the screen
The screen of original iPhone should be clear and not pixelated.
4. Check for the apple
On the back of the phone, you must see an iPhone logo. If you can't find the logo, then it is not a real iPhone.
5. Look for the serial number
On the phone, go to "Settings," then choose "General," and then click on "About." This will give you the serial number. You can then access the Apple website, where you can enter your iPhone serial number to see if it is a real iPhone. Once there, just enter the serial number. If it is undetected, then your phone is a clone.
6. Check the memory capacity
The original iPhone should have fixed capacity storage, like 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The fake one requires a memory card to expand its memory capacity, which can only expand up to 8gb at most. If you find a memory card slot at the back or the side of the phone, then start backing out because you are looking at the fake one.
7. Check the welcome screen
This is also a must, especially if you can't distinguish the fake one to the original by looking at the physical features. Try to turn off then turn on the iPhone. A fake iPhone will have a welcome screen, like the word "Welcome," while the original one will show you the logo of the iPhone. On the home screen you will find an iPhone store icon. Try to click on it. If it takes you to the Google store, then you know what to think.
8. Check for Siri
The Siri application can only be launched to an original iPhone, and the fake one definitely can't run it.
9. Try to check the operating system
If you see any application other than iOS, it is 100 percent fake. Apple uses only iOS as its official operating system.
10. Try to connect to iTunes
Connect your phone to a computer and try to run it with iTunes. If you are receiving an error, then it means iTunes do not recognize your phone; thus it is undetectable and fake.
11. Ask how many SIM cards can be used
When you check how many SIM cards can run in an iPhone, a dealer of the fake one may proudly tell you that you can use two SIM card running at the same time. Then you will know you are getting an authenticated fake dual SIM iPhone. The iPhone can only use one SIM card. The original iPhone should bear a label that says it's designed by Apple California and assembled in China. Without this kind of mark, your phone is a clone.
12. Check the built-in applications
The original iPhone should have the built-in apple applications, such as Compact, Compass, Settings, Calculator, Music and Photos. If one of those are missing, the phone might be jailbroken. To be sure you have the original not the fake one, try to restore the original firmware. If some built-in application is still missing after restoring the original firmware, then you know what it is -- a clone iPhone.