If you have a suspicion that your Apple product may not be genuine, it’s worth examining it carefully. In that case, it’s also worth knowing what to check. In this article, we have prepared things that most often stand out in fake Apple devices. Although fake devices are no different at first glance, there are a few ways and places that are worth using for verification. Read the article below and check if your Apple device is authentic.
Verify the Serial Number
You can verify whether your Apple product is genuine by using its serial number. Find the serial number on your device and then enter it into our serial number lookup. All of the information on the device you find should match your actual device. Our lookup uses Apple’s database, so you can be sure to use the information shown to verify the originality of your device. If you are just about to buy a device, ask the person selling the device for the serial number so you can check if it is not a fake before you buy. The serial number should also be written on the box. If it is nowhere to be found, there is a high probability that the product is not genuine.
Verify the Warranty
And while we’re on the subject of serial numbers, our Apple Serial Number Lookup also lets you verify your device’s warranty. Check if your warranty matches the actual situation. If the device is blacklisted, lost or reported as stolen, you will receive this information when you enter the serial number into our Serial Number Checker.
Run the Siri Command
This example is very simple. Siri is a feature that can be experienced using Apple devices. If this voice assistant is not built into your device, you can be sure that your product is fake. However, if Siri does launch, give her a task – ask a question, ask her to send you a message. The app detects the moment you stop talking and does its job. If Siri is able to send a message, your device is authentic.
Check iTunes and App Store
For devices that have access to iTunes and the App Store, connect them to your computer using a USB cable. Your iTunes account will appear on your computer, along with information about your model. Verify the details with the information printed on the box of your device. Also check if you can fully access iTunes and the App Store. In both cases you should be able to download apps, which should then run smoothly. In some cases, you may just need to update iTunes and the App Store to work correctly.
Verify the Storage Space
Check the storage capacity in the settings and on the box. The original products have one of the specified capacities. The most common choices for free space are 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. However, there are exceptions on some models and only some of these options are available. You can find out which capacity options are actually available by finding your specific Apple device model on our AppleSN.info website and checking the specifications of your device, which will also include the information about the capacity.
Examine the Features of the Hardware
Nowadays, fake Apple products can look a lot like the original. At least at first glance. However, a few things can be quite noticeable when you compare an original model with a fake one.
Pay attention to the box of the device. There may be differences in the font, positioning of texts or their absence. It is worth paying attention to the quality of packaging itself, which is usually low. The material from which some elements of the device are made is also a frequent point of reference in the case of verification of originality. For example, look at the material used for the Apple logo. It also happens that counterfeit products have an SD card slot. Original Apple devices do not include a memory card slot.
The number of SIM Card slots
In some cases, the number of available SIM card slots may be inaccurate with the amount of slots included in the original Apple products. To verify how much slots should you have, for both nano-SIM and eSIM, you can visit our list of Apple devices on our website. Each model has a detailed information about technical specifications, including the correct amount of SIM card slots.
The Quality and Location of Physical Buttons
Check the location of the physical buttons because some of them may be rearranged. They also should fit properly. If they are loose or the quality of buttons is poor, there is a very high chance the product is fake. Another thing that should be checked is the screws located at the bottom of the device. Fake devices tend to have different screws compared to the original products.
Fake Apple Watch
When it comes to the Apple Watch, you’ll mostly find differences in the dimensions of the device. Apple is very precise when it comes to the dimensions of the watch, which should also be described on the box. Check what dimensions your Apple Watch should have and compare with your existing model. Fake Apple Watches tend to be larger and thicker. Additionally, there are four round sensors on the back of the Apple Watch. Sensors of other shapes or the absence of at least one sensor means that the product is fake.
Fake Apple AirPods
For AirPods, note the differences in charging chase. Besides, you can spot the differences in the font, in the location of the reset button, or in the material of the devices. You can learn more about the differences between genuine and fake AirPods by watching the comparison video below:
Visit the authorized reseller
As a last resort, you can go to an authorised reseller. Experts and engineers at a legitimate Apple retailer will inspect your device and verify its originality. While there’s not much you can do if it turns out your product you bought is a fake, it’s a solid option to help authenticate your product if you’re still concerned.
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