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Police in Shanghai have arrested five people who allegedly built, and subsequently sold, near-perfect copies of Apple’s iPhone in China, Reuters is reporting.

According to the news service, the people allegedly involved in the ring paid about 2,000 yuan ($313) for all the parts required to develop an iPhone copycat. After boxing the devices up, the group reportedly then sold them in Chinese markets, as well as online, for 4,000 yuan ($625)–about the same price the genuine iPhone 4 goes for in the country.

The fake iPhones weren’t exact replicas, but Reuters quoted one Shanghai police officer who said that “it’s really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones.”

China has long been a popular home for counterfeit tech goods. And as of late, Apple has been one of the leading targets of those people engaging in the development of fake devices.

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In August, customers on China’s top online-retail service, Taobao, were able to buy the “HiPhone 5,” a device that purported to boast the same features as Apple’s long-rumored iPhone 5. However, the handset, which came in the customer’s choice of red or pink, looked far more similar to the iPhone 4. The HiPhone 5 was on sale for just 210 yuan ($33) at the time.

Whether changes will be made to the HiPhone 5 once the real iPhone 5 is unveiled next week remains to be seen.

But it’s not just iPhones. China has also been home to dozens of fake Apple stores that use Apple logos, have the same store layouts, and offer all the same products. However, some of those outlets have been shut down by Chinese authorities.

Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters’ report.

Well, she did ask me to paint the fence before Rugby World Cup – National – NZ Herald News

Ian Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui. Photo / Mark Mitchell

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Ian Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui. Photo / Mark Mitchell

When Ian Broderson’s wife told him to paint the fence before the Rugby World Cup started, she got what she wished for – and then some.

A flurry of flag hunting and a day’s worth of painting later, Mr Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui.

“It came about when my wife kept whingeing about me not painting the fence,” said Mr Broderson, a meat boner. They got all the flags they could from local shops and when some, like Namibia’s, proved difficult to get their hands on, they painted the rest.

Although Rosalie Broderson herself was not available for comment, her husband was adamant she loved it.

The Brodersons’ front lawn bore a special greeting for the American team staying in Wanganui, and the family were delighted when locals at the airport tipped off the players, who drove by to cheer from the tour bus.

Mr Broderson said they would dismantle their shrine reluctantly at the end of the cup – unless New Zealand win, in which case they will paint it black: “I’m going to paint ‘finally’ across the fence.” The missus will be delighted.

– Tania Shadwell

My brother in law, Ian Broderson – Well, she did ask me to paint the fence before Rugby World Cup – National – NZ Herald News

Ian Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui. Photo / Mark Mitchell

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Ian Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui. Photo / Mark Mitchell

When Ian Broderson’s wife told him to paint the fence before the Rugby World Cup started, she got what she wished for – and then some.

A flurry of flag hunting and a day’s worth of painting later, Mr Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui.

“It came about when my wife kept whingeing about me not painting the fence,” said Mr Broderson, a meat boner. They got all the flags they could from local shops and when some, like Namibia’s, proved difficult to get their hands on, they painted the rest.

Although Rosalie Broderson herself was not available for comment, her husband was adamant she loved it.

The Brodersons’ front lawn bore a special greeting for the American team staying in Wanganui, and the family were delighted when locals at the airport tipped off the players, who drove by to cheer from the tour bus.

Mr Broderson said they would dismantle their shrine reluctantly at the end of the cup – unless New Zealand win, in which case they will paint it black: “I’m going to paint ‘finally’ across the fence.” The missus will be delighted.

– Tania Shadwell

Well, she did ask me to paint the fence before Rugby World Cup – National – NZ Herald News

When Ian Broderson’s wife told him to paint the fence before the Rugby World Cup started, she got what she wished for – and then some.

A flurry of flag hunting and a day’s worth of painting later, Mr Broderson and his son Shane spruced up their house and fence to the delight of passing rugby fans in Wanganui.

“It came about when my wife kept whingeing about me not painting the fence,” said Mr Broderson, a meat boner. They got all the flags they could from local shops and when some, like Namibia’s, proved difficult to get their hands on, they painted the rest.

Although Rosalie Broderson herself was not available for comment, her husband was adamant she loved it.

The Brodersons’ front lawn bore a special greeting for the American team staying in Wanganui, and the family were delighted when locals at the airport tipped off the players, who drove by to cheer from the tour bus.

Mr Broderson said they would dismantle their shrine reluctantly at the end of the cup – unless New Zealand win, in which case they will paint it black: “I’m going to paint ‘finally’ across the fence.” The missus will be delighted.

– Tania Shadwell