Fake Apple Watch Stories March 11, 2015

Chinese clone-makers ramp up the fake Apple Watches including Gold Edition, pricing from $40 to $80

We started seeing Apple Watch knockoffs at CES, but now that Apple has given more details about the real thing, the Chinese clone-makers appear to be really ramping up their efforts.

The Telegraph notes that companies offering the fakes are quite shameless about it, using the Apple Watch name and logo, and some of them copying the design details all the way down to the four sensors on the back of the watch. You almost have to admire the sheer gall of a company which advertises an “iWatch” using the slogan “Knockoff Apple watches have hit the market!” …

While some of the fakes look undeniably cheap, others look pretty convincing–at least in render form. GizChina reports that the Zeaplus Watch–shown at the top, and not yet available for sale–will be available in silver, gray and (fake) gold, and will feature a heart-rate monitor as well as supporting iOS notifications.

Business Insider found fakes from just 259 Yuan–a little over $40. Just to add to the confusion, some of the vendors are apparently offering genuine watches before they go on sale, and at knockdown prices, but as the BBC’s Leo Kelion notes, what they are actually advertising in the small-print is the ability to put down a deposit on that date. Whether you’ll actually get the real thing if you do is anyone’s guess.

Here’s a gallery of just some of the listings on Chinese ecommerce site Taobao.

Fake Apple Watch Stories January 9, 2015

We noted a couple of days ago that you didn’t have to look far at CES to find the Apple Watch knock-offs, but for those desperate enough to pretend they have one some two months before it’s even launched, they don’t have to dig very deep into their pockets. Mashable’s Karissa Bell was able to buy one for the grand sum of $27.

It even works, kind of. Bell reports that it did, after a few attempts, pair to her iPhone 6 and allow her to make phone calls and play music through the watch. She said that it looks almost like the real thing – “for about three seconds.” Looking at the photo, I think she’s exaggerating by about two-and-a-half seconds …  expand full story

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