How to know if iPhone 7 is original? See eight tips for buying safely
Many consumers desire the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but the high price in some countries makes them an easy target for fakes. For this reason, it’s good to be aware of ads on iPhones that are heavily discounted. If you found the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus priced well below the stores practiced, chances are the device will be a replica.
Fake cell phones can be very similar at first, but, in addition to being more fragile, may not have all the features of the original model. To avoid spending money on a counterfeit iPhone, here are some tips to check if Apple made your smartphone.
1) Connect to iTunes
Original Apple devices, when connected to the computer with iTunes open, are automatically recognized. The software still displays the phone’s specifications and provides the option to sync and back up. Fake smartphones will not be recognized by iTunes and will probably appear on the computer like a thumb drive, just by viewing the file folders.
2) Home button and Touch ID
Fake phones may try to copy all the external details of the iPhone, but some technologies are unique to Apple.
The iPhones 7 and 7 Plus came with a new model of Home Button, harder to play. Before, the button was mechanical and moved by pressing. On the iPhone 7, it works with the sensitive force, detecting finger pressure, and does not move inward. There is also the digital reader, and fake handsets may not have this feature.
Before buying the suspicious phone, ask to test the digital reader. Just go to “Settings”> “Touch ID” and try to register your finger for identification.
3) IMEI and Serial Number
The IMEI is the cell phone identification number, it is unique and is not repeated on any device. You can check this number in the original box, on the back of the phone, in the SIM card tray, and in “Settings”> “General”> “About.” If the template is original, the numbers will be the same in all of these locations.
You can also check the phone’s serial number under “Settings”> “General”> “About.” With this data in hand, make sure the device is under warranty by logging onto this Apple website. If the smartphone is original, the page will show whether or not it is in the warranty. If it is a fake iPhone, the number will not be recognized, and the site will call a wrong number.
4) 3D Touch Screen
Apple’s newest devices feature a retina display and 3D Touch technology, which allows users to access shortcuts in applications and confer images and information without the need to leave the screen as a preview. In practice, when pressing the camera button, the option to take the selfie, record video, record in slow motion and take a photo should appear.
5) Check if your phone is running iOS
On fake devices, when checking your phone information, under “Settings”> “General”> “About,” Apple’s iOS operating system probably will not appear. If the device is original, it will be possible to know the version of the installed system, in line “Version.”
You can also check this information through the app store. As much as counterfeiters try to copy the interface, only Apple devices have an App Store. To test, open the apps store and try to do a quick search for some program to download.
If something related to the “Google Play Store” appears, go away. There is no iPhone with Play Store.
6) Check capacity and color
The new iPhones come on the market with three storage capacities: 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB; And in 5 colors: matte black, shiny black, gold, rose gold and silver. If you find an iPhone 7 being sold with different internal memory or in a color option that is not among those mentioned, give up the purchase because the device is false. The original Apple smartphones also have no memory card slot.
The Apple virtual assistant is unique to the brand. Try to access Siri on the iPhone you want to buy, if it appears, the device is original. If Siri disappears or does not exist on the phone, the device is false. Siri can even be disabled (under “Settings”> “General”> “Siri”), but it can never be removed or deleted. Test the Siri.
8) No input for headphones
One of the major controversies surrounding the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was the loss of the great 3.5 mm P2 jacks for headphones. Apple’s new smartphone uses the same port for headphones and the charger, forcing brand-name fans to buy an adapter if they want to listen to music and recharge the battery on the phone at the same time.
Before buying a suspicious phone, take a look at the bottom of the device. The only entrance should be the lightning door.