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'iPhone' surfaces at Chinese exporter

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Tue April 17, 2007

Chinese export 'iPhone'

Although the Apple iPhone is only scheduled to launch in its home region in June, a Chinese import/export firm has already produced multiple listings for the product, complete with photos and specifications that would seem to prove authenticity. Analysis suggests the opposite however, as in some cases there are substantial differences in the designs or interfaces of the phones. The more plausible entries could in theory be signs of early production, but it is more likely that the products are cheap imitations, given Apple's potential ongoing development problems.



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  1. shawnce

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    wow great reporting

    These are obviously iPhone knockoffs (some not even close) by companies that are trying to capitalize on Apple iPhone marketing.

    These have nothing to say about iPhone developement... especially the illogical connection put forth in this article implying that since these are knockoffs Apple is "possibly" having development problems. I am talking about this statement... "The more plausible entries could in theory be signs of early production, but it is more likely that the products are cheap imitations, given Apple's potential ongoing development problems."

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    well..?

    So, who's gonna buy an engineering sample?

  1. hayesk

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    Imitations

    It's funny people keep forgetting about the iPhone's multitouch screen. I think that's going to make the difference between a usable one-button phone and an unusable one-button phone. These knockoffs will likely use a standard Palm-type touch screen which undoubtedly will result in a good user experience.

    The unfortunate part is that some stupid people will try the knockoff and assume that Apple's iPhone will work the same way.

  1. hayesk

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    Re: imitations

    Oops, that should be "NOT result in a good user experience."

  1. Guest

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    iPhone Knock off

    If you look around on the Alibaba site, you can see other clearer photos. It actually has 5 buttons at the bottom of the phone. There is the home key and two smaller keys on each side.

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