Apple may launch its much-awaited Apple Watch in March, but a Chinese company, Hyperdon, is already selling a fake version of the yet-to-be-launched Apple device at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015.
Almost similar to Apple Watch
The screen of the watch only displays when it is turned on, and many of its icons and features are exact copies of Apple’s designs. “The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call,” noted the report.
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Mashable purchased the watch for $27. It includes features such as a pedometer, stopwatch, alarm, and an “Anti Lost” feature, which may come in handy by alerting the user when the watch is out of Bluetooth range.
Further, this replica of the Apple Watch can fetch notifications from WeChat and other apps after downloading a “sketchy-looking APK” that is only compatible with jailbroken iPhones. Users can juice up the battery with a USB cable, and according to Shenzhen-based Hyperdon, the battery lasts up to “180 hours.” The Chinese manufacturer also claimed it has sold the watch in the U.S. and China but gave no details on the location of its store.
It’s not surprising anymore
This is not the first time a fake Apple product has been spotted. There are several instances of authorities breaking up counterfeit iPhone rings and closing fake Apple stores. Apart from Mashable, a report from the Financial Times also reported the selling of the fake Apple smartwatch at many Chinese booths at CES.
The recent copying incident at CES shows the audacity and accuracy with which China’s counterfeiters can impersonate “pioneering products.” According to the FT, some of the counterfeit shops were just steps away from well-known brands such as Oculus VR and Broadcom, and the fake devices “were identical down to the distinctive ‘digital crown’ controller on the side of the device and four sensors on the underside.”
The fake Apple Watch runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system, but it has been tweaked to look like Apple’s iOS, says the report from FT. One of the manufacturers the FT representative talked with even sells the products on Alibaba.com.