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Chinese Manufacturers Use Rejected iPad Parts To Build iPad Clones

Chinese Manufacturers Use Rejected iPad Parts To Build iPad Clones

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.

  1. Joseph Byer says:

    What OS could they possibly be putting on there? A hacked Android that looks like iOS?

  2. Joseph Byer says:

    What OS could they possibly be putting on there? A hacked Android that looks like iOS?

    1. Ran Ding says:

      They can hack some tweaked version iOS on there. 

    2. Yup – what Ran Ding said is true.  They can use altered versions of iOS, but they often don’t work correctly.  I’ve also seen clones to run Android, or even poorly-designed from-scratch software that looks (but does not act) like iOS.

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