The AirPods wireless headset has long been considered a real hit, gaining millions of fans around the world. Many people dream of owning such a device, but the price of an Apple product is very high. As a result, people tend to look not even for alternatives, but simply for “cheap” AirPods. In some places you can find these headphones for a really low price. But isn’t this a fake?
Any successful product on the market inevitably has its own clones. This also applies to AirPods. The quality of fakes ranges from obvious sloppy copies to almost exact repetitions. True, close study will always help to identify the differences between the original and the fake. Before purchasing any AirPods, check the following five parameters of this product for identity. This will help determine if the headphones are original or not.
AirPods and AirPods Pro packaging
Often, fake AirPods can be detected even before the package itself is opened. In fact, it is important to even check it, because maintaining the original integrity of the box will help to return the money in case of refusal of the goods.What to look for on the box?Apple occasionally changes packaging design for its products, so AirPods packaging may differ from photos found online. However, real AirPods will never have the blatantly printed or pixelated images that counterfeit products do. Read all text carefully and inspect each image on the AirPods box for errors. Anytypos,double spaces or poor quality picturesgive reason to believe that in your hands — a fake. Packing of originalAirPods ProHas a label with an arrow for easy unpacking.
You should also ensure that your AirPods come with all of the accessories listed on the specs page for your specific AirPods.How to identify fake AirPods?Go to the Apple website and compare high-quality images of AirPods with the device you want to buy. If you find any differences, such as additional vents or misaligned holes, then you are looking at one of the many fakes. if it is any color other than white, or if the AirPods themselves have buttons or status lights. Another good tip for identifying fake and real AirPods is to look at the end of the earbud stem. Real AirPods have an oval-shaped grille, while most have a round one. Real AirPods Pro don’t have a grille at all, while many fake ones still have one.
Original AirPods Pro
Fake AirPods Pro
How to spot a fake charging case?Fake AirPods often come with an oversized charging case that looks nothing like the real thing. Branded cases close magnetically with a clear snap, and the back of the lid has a metal hinge. The rest of the case is white plastic. You should see a setup button on the back and a single status light on the front (or under the original charger cover in AirPods 1). There should not be any other lights or LEDs on the case and the headphones themselves.
Fake AirPods weigh less than real ones Most fake AirPods use cheaper materials than the official Apple product. This means that they are often much lighter. If possible, use a scale set to weigh your AirPods and charging case. Compare your results with the weight listed on the Apple Specifications page for that AirPods model.
Features of Original AirPods and AirPods 2nd Generation While listening to music, double-tap the stem of your AirPods to do one of the following, depending on your Bluetooth settings:
- Activate Siri.
- Pause / Play music.
- Skip to the next track.
- Return to the previous track.
If automatic in-ear detection is enabled, you can also pause music by simply removing one earpiece from your ear. With AirPods 2nd generation, you can also use«Hey Siri»if you enable this function in the menuSettings→Siri and Searchon your iPhone.AirPods Pro FeaturesUnlike standard AirPods, this model allows you to press hard on the stem of your AirPods Pro to perform a number of different actions:
- Press once to pause/play music
- Press twice to skip to the next track
- Press three times to return to the previous track
- Hold down to switch between Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency mode.
AirPods Pro also works with the phrase«Hey Siri»if it is enabled for your iPhone. Go toSettings→Siri and Searchto check it out.
Where to Find the AirPods Serial NumberThere are several different places to find your AirPods serial number:
- Printed on a sticker on the outside of the box
- Printed on the inside of the charging case cover
- On the page «About this device»in iPhone settings.
Some manufacturers of fake AirPods may even print stolen serial numbers on the box or on the inside of the charging case. In fact, you may even find that your charging case is genuine, but the AirPods inside turn out to be fake. The only reliable way to get the serial number of your AirPods is on the page «About this device»on iPhone. Connect AirPods to iPhone, then go toSettings→Main→About this device. At the bottom of the page you should see your AirPods, tap them to see the serial number. Only real AirPods will show up in this settings section. In addition to the serial number, it will be possible to find out the manufacturer, firmware version and hardware version.
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