1) Carefully inspect the body
The first thing to look out for is the look. Even tactile sensations can be trusted. iPhone of any generation is the flagship and looks appropriate. It has a body made of aluminum, steel and glass (in models 3G / 3GS and 5c, the cover is made of high-quality plastic).
Trust not only sensations, but also obvious details. On the back cover, there are always inscriptions, made in an even, readable font without errors.
Be wary if you see “Aple”, “Asembled” and other words in “Chinese English”.
Check the buttons: a soft click is allowed when pressed, but a crunch, crack, gnash, etc. speak of replacing these parts, severe wear and tear or outright falsification.
Make sure there is a silent switch on the left side. Check it out: when you turn off the sound, you will feel a clear vibration response (models up to iPhone 6s) or a characteristic hammer blow (in iPhones from 6s and above, except SE).
Pay attention to the charging connector. In models 4s and below it is 30-pin. In iPhone 5 and above – Lightning connector. USB input – guarantee fake. In addition, the five-sided screwdriver bolts to the left and right of the entrance should not be cut off or scratched – these are signs of a rough opening (and it is not known who made it and why).
2) Test the Sensor
The iPhone has a capacitive screen: it responds to the touch of a finger without effort and supports several touches at the same time. We test it like this: open three applications, double-click the Home button (swipe from the bottom edge to the center in iPhone X and above). Now try to close all the windows at once with a swipe up by touching each thumbnail with a separate finger. On the original display, this can be done, but a fake may not recognize several touches at the same time.
Dial any number and attach the gadget to your ear or close the front camera and speaker area with your finger. The screen should go out – so iPhone prevents accidental pressing during a call. The function appeared in the first model.
Ask the seller to show the Touch ID (the fingerprint in the Home button is in models 5s and higher). Add your fingerprint and check the health of the sensor.
In models of iPhone 6s and above (except for the new XR) there is a 3D Touch function. The screen responds to pressing force . With an effort to click on any application – the smartphone should emit a hammer vibration and show the context menu directly on the icon.
Open the Compass app and test it . IPhone should not be lost in space.
Make sure that the landscape mode lock is not on – the lock icon in the top menu. Now open any picture and turn the smartphone over. The photo should change its position from horizontal to vertical and vice versa.
3) Check the screen
Turn off the smartphone and inspect the screen. What is important:
- the screen fits snugly to the case;
- There is no backlash, when pressed, it does not sink
- no traces of glue, cracks and gaps with the body.
Now a more subtle point: any iPhone display has a deep black color . In models with a dark front panel, it is only slightly lighter. If the screen is much lighter, frankly gray or of any suspicious hue, it is most likely changed.
Turn on the screen and watch the picture by tilting the smartphone left-right and up-down. The image should not change shade and it can be viewed even at a large angle. If not – most likely, the display is not original or spoiled.
4) Unnecessary parts and ingenious mechanisms
Sometimes counterfeit iPhones have quite unusual elements:
- Retractable antenna – greetings from 2007.
- A slot for two SIM-cards is a great idea, but in iPhones a slot for a pair of “simok” appeared only in HS / XS Max. And then only for the Chinese market, the rest have a second virtual SIM.
- Removable back panel – fake. The case of any iPhone is monolithic.
- A memory card slot is, again, a good idea, but so far Apple hasn’t reached it.
- USB port. Only Lightning or 30-pin.
- For iPhone 7 and above, there is no mini-jack headphone port.
If you find something out of this in your smartphone, try not to laugh out loud at the seller.
5) Check that the iOS is not fake
The iOS operating system is very different from Android, the late Windows Phone, or any other “axis.”
Turn on the iPhone. iOS should work smoothly without slowdowns.
Application icons are neat squares of equal size with rounded corners and white caption-name.
Pay attention to the system fonts – they are easy to read and have no errors.
The iOS App Store is built in, which is worth running. There should be no redirections to the browser, Google Play, and so on. In the application that opens, there is a lower menu: click the rightmost icon “Search” and look at the search bar at the top. It will be written “App Store”.
Try to find some application that only works on iOS: for example, Pages or Keynote. If there are difficulties with this, you may have a good imitation of the system.
For the most meticulous: check how each application works. It happens that some application opens a browser or Google Play, giving a fake. Try downloading some lightweight app from the App Store.
Another detail: on the very icon of the application “Clock” there is a dial, the hands of which move, indicating the time. Pseudo-iOS can pierce on this.
6) Check the smartphone through iTunes and check IMEI
The most reliable way to determine a fake is to connect an iPhone to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
Open the program. If you see the smartphone icon in the top menu, the iPhone is real. Click on the icon, in the upper left corner you will see the gadget and its serial number , which can be checked on the official Apple website.
Each device has a unique IMEI number. On the iPhone, it is applied on the back cover, or on the SIM card tray (you need to pull it out to see).
Also, IMEI can be found in “Settings” -> “Basic” -> “About this device”. Compare the number on the back cover / tray and in the “Settings” – they must match.
IMEI can also be checked on Apple’s official website to find out information about the warranty and possible theft of this device.
If all is well, bargain a little and buy.