How to Spot a Fake iPhone 5

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How can you tell if the Apple iPhone 5 that you are about to buy online is genuine? Follow these 11 simple steps to verify the authenticity of your purchase. Always ask the seller to use the youVerify app prior to purchase. It's Smarter Selling & Safer Shopping.

Step 1: Retail Box
Apple pays attention to every detail of their packaging. Material, corners, edges, logos and colours are all high quality. Take note of the brightness of the colours which can often fade with counterfeited reproductions. Beware that genuine packaging can accompany counterfeit iPhones.

Step 2: Serial Number 

A label should be on the back. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, MEID stands for Mobile Equipment Identifier.

Step 3: Box Inside
New iPhones are accompanied by a plug, a charging cable and a set of in ear headphones. Check the shapes, size and fixings of these accessories. Also check the workmanship on the inside of the box too, all edges should be straight and no large gaps should be seen.

Step 4: Start Guide
New iPhones are accompanied by a Quick Start Guide.

Step 5: SIM Card Pin

New iPhones are accompanied by a pin that is designed to help remove the SIM card. Check the size and shape of the pin and its holder. And note the size and design of the instruction graphic on the inside.

Step 6: Back Camera
Pay close attention to every detail of the camera lens. The position of the lens and flash, the space between the two features, the edging of each piece, and the overall finish.


Step 7: SIM Slot
The SIM slot is carefully designed and manufactured by Apple and should fit the phone body perfectly with a fine, evenly spaced gap between the two. Also check the size and placement of the pin hole.


Step 8: Base Connectors
Again Apple have designed and manufacture the base connection immaculately. If photo quality allows check the finest details carefully, such as the speaker grill pattern, and the shape and size of the screws.

Step 9: Back Logo
The back of the iPhone features manufacturing details including a set of codes and the model number. Check that the Model and IMEI numbers match those numbers detailed on the retail box label.


Step 10: Volume Buttons
As with the other features on the iPhone, the volume controls have been immaculately made. Check that the shape, finish and overall quality match that of the example shown.

Step 11: Download our App
We hope that this guide helps to educate you when identifying a genuine iPhone 5. To prevent you from falling victim to counterfeit goods, always ask the seller to use the youVerify app prior to purchase.

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