Why can't iPhones be counterfeited?

Apple iPhone


If you are looking for orignal real Iphone 4 / 4S, be sure to check the features described below to avoid buying fakes.

Apple iPhone serial number

The serial number is a good way to tell whether an iPhone is original or counterfeit. The following information is encoded in the serial number:

  • unique identifier of the device
  • colour
  • Storage
  • Date of manufacture

With the help of this guide you can decipher this data. Compare the details of the serial number with the details of the iPhone that you want to buy. If the serial number of the body does not match the structure described below, there is a risk that it is a fake.


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The serial number can be found in the following places:

  • Back of the iPhone box
  • iPhone menu: Settings> General> Info

The serial number that can be found there consists of eleven characters and is structured as follows: aabccdddeef

The letters mean:

  • aa = place of manufacture and machine ID
  • b = year
  • cc = production week
  • ddd = Unique identifier of the device
  • ee = color (A4 = black)
  • f = memory (S = 16 GB, T = 32GB)

iPhone 4 box with serial number

Enter this serial number on the Apple Warranty Check website:

Check the serial number on the Apple website


Technical details of the Apple iPhone4

Even if it sounds banal, check whether all connections, switches and sensors marked in the picture are present. If even one feature is missing, then it is a fake.

Check the technical details of the iPhone 4.


Apple iPhone memory card slot

Many counterfeit iPhone 4s have a slot to insert memory cards into the product. An Apple iPhone does not have a slot because the RAM is built into the iPhone. Due to the cost of memory chips, counterfeits often do not have any built in, but only a slot that you have to equip yourself with memory cards.


Apple iPhone SIM card

One can say with a clear conscience that the Apple iPhone is the most popular mobile phone in the world. And where a high price is estimated and there is great demand, plagiarism is also quickly found. A characteristic of the counterfeits from the Far East is the frequent use of so-called dual sims. This is a function that allows the use of 2 SIM cards at the same time. Original iPhones, however, only ever allow one SIM card.
Most fakes even advertise the dual SIM card function in the description and on the packaging.


Apple iOS operating system / software

Not only the look of the iPhone is faked but also the installed Apple software. The touchscreen is controlled using the typical Apple icons. But here at the latest the clone becomes a cheap China cell phone. The software is extremely slow to respond, is full of spelling mistakes and cannot process the popular apps.

Apple iPhone charging cable

A counterfeit iPFone cannot be charged with an original Apple charger, as it usually has an incompatible connection.


Mini Apple iPhone 4 / 4s

A mini iPhone from Apple is offered in many web shops. A mini iPhone 4 / 4s was never produced by Apple. It was not until the iPhone 6 that two different model sizes were introduced.

Video about iPhone 4 fake


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