SHANGHAI, Sept 29 Chinese police in Shanghai
have arrested five people for making and selling fake versions
of Apple Inc's iPhone, a local newspaper reported on
Police said those arrested were part of an organised gang
that bought components for the phones from Guangdong in southern
China and assembled them in rented apartments in Shanghai, the
Shanghai Daily said.
About 200 fake iPhones were found during the crackdown.
The cost to make one fake iPhone, which used some genuine
parts, was around 2,000 yuan ($313). It was sold on
unauthorised markets and on the Internet for around 4,000 yuan,
only a few hundred yuan cheaper than the real iPhone, the
The fake iPhones had the same functions as the genuine ones
but had a shorter battery life, it quoted the police as saying.
"It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones
from the genuine ones," an officer was quoted as saying.
Officials from Apple could not be reached for comment.
China has been repeatedly criticised for widespread
violation of intellectual property rights, but pirated goods
from expensive brands of watches, bags and computer software can
be easily found in shops.
Various pirated versions of iPhones can also be easily
found. 'hiPhone 5' phones, which are based on leaked images of
the yet-to-be-launched iPhone 5, are being sold in markets and
on the Internet.
An American blogger set off a media storm in July after she
posted pictures of an elaborate fake Apple Store in Kunming,
selling genuine if unauthorized iPhones, Macbooks and other
widely popular Apple products.
Apple, which is expected to roll out the latest version of
the iPhone 5 smartphone within a few months, sold a record 20.34
million iPhones worldwide during the last quarter, even though
its newest model is over a year old.
($1 = 6.394 Chinese Yuan)
(Reporting by Kazunori Takada; Editing by Ken Wills and Sanjeev