1. Samuel Orris's Avatar
    Recently, My friend have fallen under cheating buying iPhone 5s. So, what are the main points to identify the original apple iPhone?
    03-13-2016 07:26 AM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! There is no 100% guarantee. Even if there's a real iPhone pictured on the internet it doesn't mean that's the one you're actually going to receive.
    The best advice I can give you is to buy it from an official source (apple.com, a major retailer, etc.). Otherwise, buyer beware!
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    03-13-2016 07:39 AM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    You can identify an iPhone by its model number.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201296
    Samuel Orris likes this.
    03-13-2016 09:55 AM
  4. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    You can identify an iPhone by its model number.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201296
    I can slap "A1699" on any phone. That doesn't make it a legit iPhone 6s Plus. I think OP is more worried about being sold a knockoff.
    03-13-2016 03:37 PM
  5. robertk328's Avatar
    Another idea is to look in Settings -> General -> About and look at the IMEI

    It should match the box it is coming with (if it has a box) as well as on the inside of the SIM tray.

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    Still, the best advice of all, if possible, is just what @DevilishBanker said and buy from a legit Apple reseller.
    03-13-2016 04:19 PM
  6. Samuel Orris's Avatar
    What kind of IMEI represents the original iPhone ? robertk328?
    03-16-2016 02:42 AM
  7. Samuel Orris's Avatar
    Is IMEI number is the solution for that ?
    03-16-2016 02:56 AM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    Is IMEI number is the solution for that ?
    It's going to be unique to the phone. The key is the SIM tray would be difficult to print on and counterfeit, so if your tray has no IMEI number on it or doesn't match, there's a higher likelihood it's a fake. Not guaranteed it's fake, of course, there's always an exception. But it's something to look for.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204073#iPhone
    03-16-2016 07:03 AM
  9. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Recently, My friend have fallen under cheating buying iPhone 5s. So, what are the main points to identify the original apple iPhone?
    Log in to Apple and input the serial number here: https://checkcoverage.apple.com/
    Rgn likes this.
    03-16-2016 07:43 AM

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