Apple’s AirPods Pro are among the most popular earbuds with active noise-canceling on the market. That is why there are tons of counterfeit products on the Internet. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON shows how you can recognize these fake AirPods Pro.
Apple’s recommended retail price for the successful Airpods Pro is 279 euros. In trustworthy shops, offers of around 200 euros are realistic. If the price is lower, you should be puzzled, reports the “c’t” specialist magazine (issue 4/21). These could be counterfeit AirPods Pro.
Problems with setting up
Currently, offers on online marketplaces are noticeable, where Airpods Pro are offered as B-goods or as good as new dispatch returns for around 170 euros. Here the experts ordered on a test basis.
The first impression: high quality packaging. And headphones also felt high quality and original when they were unpacked. But the inconsistencies started during commissioning – from the wrong pairing routine to the periodic, brief freezing of the iPhone.
Fake AirPods Pro produce incredibly bad sound
A query from Apple revealed a valid Airpods serial number, albeit with an expired warranty. But the first time they tap Play, it was clear to the testers: “The Airpods Pro sound so incredibly bad that you can hardly believe it.”
After that it was pretty certain that it must be a fake. The attempt to update the firmware brought final certainty. Because Apple never published the installed version (0B896).
The conclusion of the experts: It is frightening how much work fraudsters put into the production of the counterfeit headphones. Due to the ultimately high quality of the fakes, there is a risk that many buyers who are not exactly technology enthusiasts may not even notice the fraud. If, on the other hand, you notice something, fake dealers should report to Apple via a dedicated page .
5 characteristics of fake AirPods Pro
Since fakes with different characteristics are in circulation, some material deviations are only noticeable in direct comparison with an original and the counterfeiters basically learn and make changes, there can be no general tips. However, the testers summed up their observations suggesting a fake:
- on the packaging there are spelling mistakes à la “Dseigned By Apple”
- the writing on the charging case and the headphones themselves is difficult to read
- On the case lid, the battery capacity is different from exactly 519 mAh
- the active noise cancellation of the headphones does not work
- deviating weight: fake case weighed 43.3 grams (original case: 45.8 grams) and the fake headphones 7.5 grams (original headphones: 10.9 grams)