According to a new report, Chinese manufacturers are using 2nd-grade touch panels (and perhaps other parts) that Apple has rejected in order to make their iPad clones (which are all-too-prevalent).
The report comes to us from Digitimes, and continues on to say that the display panels are grouped into three portions: those that failed to meet requirements, those that are sent to Foxconn to build iPad 2′s, and those that are sold to Chinese white-box vendors.
What’s concerning beyond the fact that they are building iPad clones is the fact that they are using low-quality rejected parts to do so. I imagine that most of the clones end up getting sold to unsuspecting wholesalers and eBay sellers who think they are getting the real deal.
The cloned devices often look very real, and can even mimic the retail packaging of an actual iPad, and often sell for nearly half of the price.