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This is How You Recognize Counterfeit: IPhone Fake Cables and Other Fake Apple Accessories

IPhone Fake Cables

How do you recognize Apple counterfeitingFake cables, counterfeit chargers and other non-official Apple accessories and iPhone cables can cause damage. We explain why Chinese counterfeiting is a bad idea.

At bargain sites you regularly see 'original' Apple chargers and cables for your iPhone and iPad . You can save a lot, but how do you know if it is a Chinese counterfeit, a fake cable or a non-original charger? Such a fake cable can cause considerable damage to your device and is sometimes difficult to recognize.

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Fake cables and other Apple counterfeit

The products themselves and the packaging are indistinguishable from real ones. The only difference is that there is no special chip in the cable, which ensures that you can safely charge your device.

Such a counterfeit charger is actually the worst deal you can imagine: because it concerns so-called 'original' parts, you might be willing to pay a tens for it. After all.

Why is Apple counterfeiting dangerous?

Expert Ken Shirriff has been researching counterfeit accessories from Apple for years. He explains that the fake ones lack important parts. Often the chip is missing or an unofficial chip is used. It is also possible that insufficient insulation tape has been used, making the cables unsafe to use. This can cause your iPhone to overheat and damage. That problem is further exacerbated when you purchase fake cables that are intended for fast charging.

Fake cables often have worse printing

It is sometimes difficult to recognize whether there is counterfeiting. The same texts are printed on the outside and the packaging is copied down to the last detail. The fake cables are provided with a serial number, but this is often printed light gray when counterfeit, making the text less legible. With original Apple cables, the text is much easier to read.

Everyone has an original cable that came with the iPhone, so grab it as soon as you suspect you're dealing with a fake product. The text "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China" is insufficient evidence that it is real cables, because it is not so difficult for scammers to print the text on the cable. Nobody checks for this. If you see a production country other than China or Vietnam, this also indicates counterfeiting.

The serial number for real cables consists of 12 digits, and for fake cables often 13 to 17 digits. But here too it applies: it is easy to copy Apple's figure.

Fake accessories often have a sloppy finish

At first glance, the cable might look just like the original Apple cable . But the finish sometimes reveals that it is counterfeit. With Apple the cable connects tightly to the USB connector, with the fake cables you sometimes see some space. Especially if you bend the cable slightly sideways. To see the difference, you need the original cable that you received in the package. Apple cables are often slightly better finished and the edges are less rough.

Fake cables give an error message

Do you connect the iPhone and immediately get a message 'This cable or this accessory is not certified and may not work properly with this iPhone'? Chances are that you are dealing with a fake cable that does not contain the required chip. Apple's own cables never give this type of error message.

Fake loaders with bad components

A fake charger often immediately falls through the basket when you open the accessory. Cheap parts have been used, without the use of insulating tape. The construction also looks amateurish. Metal pieces should give the impression that the loader has the correct weight.

How do you know for sure that you have an iPhone cable?

If you want to be sure that you have a high-quality cable, go to the Apple Store or an APR. Only Apple original cables are sold in Apple's physical stores and online shops and APRs. These cables contain the required chip for the charger to work properly.

Would you rather not purchase the original Apple Lightning cable, because they wear out so quickly? Then you can also choose manufacturers who make Apple-approved (MFi) charging cables, such as Belkin. These also contain the required chip, but are made of a different material. They work exactly the same as the original Apple cables. They are available from the Apple Store, APRs and sometimes from the manufacturers themselves.

It is better to buy one good cable than a mountain of counterfeit, which you will regret later. Cheap providers are Anker and IKEA. Also with the HEMA some cables have the MFi quality mark , but pay attention to the logo on the packaging.

Do you still want to take the risk (which we strongly advise against) with a cheap cable in a kek color or with a funny print? Do not do it. Pay at least no more than a few dollars and be prepared that you can quickly throw away the cable, because it doesn't work properly. You could put such a cable in your bag as an emergency solution to be able to load occasionally, but for daily use it is a bad idea. Do not use such a cable to charge your iPhone on the bedside table every night.

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