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5 iPhone 5s Confiscated at German Airport, Are They Real or Counterfeit?



German airport officials have confiscated 5 devices that could potentially be real iPhone 5 units, or knock-offs. Right now, it’s unclear what the status on the device is, and airport officials said that they have notified Apple and are working with Apple to identify the authenticity of the confiscated technology items. The devices were taken from men who were traveling from Turkey.

While the identity of the iPhone-like devices aren’t confirmed yet to be real or counterfeit devices, it seems pretty significant that German officials are now seizing devices.

The devices were first noticed by officials after an x-ray of the men’s carry-on baggage revealed that there was a knife inside.

According to the airport, they are acting with extra sensitivity considering that the devices in question may be real devices. “We are waiting for a response of the manufacturer that tells us what to do,” says an airport official. The official notes that this could be spying, so they are working closely with Apple.

Via: 9to5 Mac



  1. Anonymous

    08/15/2011 at 1:32 pm

    Okay, so they see what appears to be an iPhone through the xray machine…what would make them think it was a faked iPhone 5 based on that to cause them to confiscate it?  From what we here, there is very little difference in the upcoming model (visually) to the average consumer.  And there are so many phones on the market…this sounds really off; is something missing from this story?

    • Anonymous

      08/15/2011 at 1:57 pm

      Probably needs a more detailed timeline. It reads now that each guy had a knife and an identical phone. If they were spies, they are the stupidest spies known to spydom. 

    • PhD210

      08/15/2011 at 2:00 pm

      yeah we “here” a lot of things. . . for someone who tries to sound intelligent, you should probably learn the difference between “here” and “hear”

      • Anonymous

        08/15/2011 at 3:25 pm

        It was an auto-spell check which didn’t catch it..honest mistake…what’s your excuse for being an ass?

      • Enoel69

        08/15/2011 at 6:35 pm

        No need to put down or correct the could be a typing error or maybe English is not his/her first language…we get the point he/she is trying to make. Ok back to the real or fake iPhone 5s. The world is eagerly waiting for the first pics of Jobs new creation. Guess it is just a matter of time b4 we see some blurry cam pics

      • Aimee Hogan

        08/15/2011 at 7:11 pm

        For someone who thinks that he or she is so much smarter than everyone else, you sure are uncivilized.  Rudeness actually makes you sound less intelligent.  Moving on now.  I, too, wonder when we will be seeing pictures of these supposed devices?  I am getting curious now!

        • trollop

          08/15/2011 at 8:52 pm

          I don’t think that auto-spell would catch it since “here” is spelled correctly

        • Bennett Wethington

          08/16/2011 at 5:45 am

          and what makes you think there will be pictures of the supposed iPhone 5’s? if German officials confiscated them and are working with apple, why would they take pictures and post them online? and if you think the dumb asses who had them took pictures, just think about it… they were stupid enough to have them taken away. they probably forgot to take pictures of them

  2. Anonymous

    08/15/2011 at 3:22 pm

    I just got an iPad2-32GB for $ 24.53 and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 35.46 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 655 which only cost me $ 61.79 to buy.Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabР

  3. BB

    08/15/2011 at 6:05 pm

    PhD210 you’re a pain

  4. Matt

    08/15/2011 at 10:03 pm

    Look, you could tell it wasn’t their first language… The man who wrote this is Chuong Nguyen. The guy is obvious ly asian. PhD, don’t be a jerk.

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