Beijing Police Shut Down Large-Scale Factory That Made Over 41,000 Counterfeit iPhones

Beijing police have shut down a large iPhone counterfeiting ring within the city that had managed to produce more than 41,000 fake versions of the flagship smartphone, some of which even managed to reach the United States (via Reuters). All told, the ring’s counterfeit production had grown to be worth as much as 120 million yuan (about $19 million).

The police have arrested a total of nine suspects thought to be involved directly in the counterfeiting operation, all due to a combined effort to enforce stricter counterfeit and intellectual property laws in China. Of the nine arrested were a 43-year-old man and his 40-year-old wife, whom police believe ran the counterfeit scam under a gadget maintenance shop front before the operation was raided in May.

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The information is just coming out today, however, thanks to a social media post from the public security bureau in Beijing, which said the couple had set up the factory in January, beginning with as many as six assembly lines and “hundreds” of workers. The raid, which took place on May 14 thanks to a tip from United States authorities, ended with the police seizing as many as 1,400 counterfeit smartphones and “large quantities” of accessories.

The counterfeit iPhone — and now Apple Watch — market has grown in China since the device’s debut, and only became more prevalent a few years back when entire counterfeit Apple Stores were discovered by a blogger who posted photos of the false retail stores online. China remains a big target for Apple, with the company stating during last week’s earning call that the country is positioned to be its “largest market in the future.” It’s already begun to affect changes in the design of its products, with Tim Cook confirming that Chinese consumer tastes are the main reason behind the new gold color options of the iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch lines.









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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPhone Sales, Tesla ‘Ludicrous Mode’, And GoPro/Meerkat

qMRoC9j0DtXkp0VvWy3euZX17WQKF0ysbgkDsCB3B8w This week, Tesla introduced a new mode for the Model S called Ludicrous mode, which will take the car from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds. Which is ludicrous. Meanwhile, Apple reported its Q3 2015 earnings, falling just under expectations for iPhone unit sales, though still growing the category by 35 percent YOY. Plus, GoPro announced a deal with Meerkat that will let users stream live from… Read More

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‘iPhone 6s’ Front Panel Depicted in New Photos, Said to Be in Production

An image said to depict the front panel of the upcoming “iPhone 6s” has been shared by French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] this afternoon, giving us our first glimpse at the screen for the device.

According to the site, the front panel images were shared by an informant who also said that the iPhone parts are currently in production and ready to be shipped to iPhone 6s assembly lines for use in the Silver and Gold iPhone 6s.

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As an “S” upgrade, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are not expected to feature physical design changes, so as is expected, the front panels said to be for the iPhone 6s look identical to front panels for the iPhone 6. Previous iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus part leaks have also confirmed that the casings for the device carry the same design as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but there may be small design improvements and material changes to bolster strength and durability.

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Nowhereelse.fr mentions that its source could not confirm if the panel included sapphire crystal or hints of Force Touch support. While the addition of Force Touch has been widely rumored for Apple’s next-generation iPhones, sapphire crystal displays are not expected and the devices are likely to continue using Gorilla Glass. While there were a few rumors hinting at the possibility of sapphire for the next-generation iPhones, rumors about such a feature have not picked up and no new sapphire deals have become apparent.

Along with Force Touch, the next-generation iPhones are rumored to include an improved 12-megapixel camera, an A9 processor, better Touch ID support, 2GB RAM, and a new rose gold color option.

Mass production of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is rumored to be beginning this month, with early production having started in late June.









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All Eyes Are On iPhone Sales For Apple Earnings, Not Apple Watch Sales

iphone-6-6-plus-5s-side Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for its fiscal Q3 2015. While everybody is asking for Apple Watch sales numbers, you shouldn’t expect Apple to break out this number. Moreover, as this is a first generation product, the Apple Watch won’t be driving the company’s earnings. Instead, the iPhone should be the star of the show, once again. Read More

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Apple Releases New iPhone Ads, Praising iPhone’s Unique Features

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 17.36.46 Apple has launched a new advertising campaign last week with an aggressive tagline — “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.” Today, the company released a third ad. This new campaign focuses on the unique features behind an iPhone, things that you won’t find if you opted for an Android phone. Read More

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Leaked ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ Images Showcase Rear Casing and ‘Stronger Body’

A few new images of the so-called “iPhone 6s Plus” today have been shared by Future Supplier (via Nowhereelse.fr), putting emphasis on the new iPhone’s visual similarities to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus line-up while mentioning a “stronger” construction to the device’s rear casing.

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Future Supplier noticed a slight difference between the iPhone 6s Plus and last year’s model, specifically in the location of a few screws used to hold the loud speaker module. But otherwise, the website noted a pretty aesthetically similar device, which makes sense for an “S” generation upgrade for the iPhone 6 line.

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iPhone 6s Plus on the left with screw holes that are “slightly higher” than the iPhone 6 Plus’ on the right

Another slight difference may come in the material actually used to create the rear housing for the iPhone 6s Plus, according to a source that spoke with Future Supplier. The source noted that the backing of last year’s iPhone 6 Plus was “smoother” than the new iPhone, but simultaneously the 6s Plus will be getting a “stronger” rear housing, perhaps in response to the “Bendgate” controversy.









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Here’s How To Use Siri Commands On iOS Devices With HomeKit Accessories

apple-wwdc-20150252 The first HomeKit accessories launched earlier this month, just ahead of Apple’s WWDC event (at which Apple also announced new HomeKit features coming in iOS 9). Now, additions to Apple’s HomeKit support page tell users how to use Siri, the voice-powered assistant included on iOS devices, to control their HomeKit devices, including thermostats, smart outlets, lights and more.… Read More

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Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

Mac_OS_7_6_1 Nick Lee, a dedicated programmer with access to WatchOS 2.0, has ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to his wrist. That’s right: the OS you used in the 1990s to make your zine can look keel can now boot – albeit slowly – on your Apple Watch. He used Mini VMac, an “early Mac emulator,” and recompiled it for the Watch. Can the Watch actually run these sorts of programs well? Sure.… Read More

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