iPhone or iClone?

                                          Once upon a time in the world where the future had arrived well before its due date, a device was born, its name was the almighty iPhone. With its 3.5 multi-touch screen and iPod capabilities, video player capacity, mega-pixel camera, built in sensors and other goodies, such as being able to make and receive phone calls, this Internet enabled Smartphone eliminated all traditional limitations. And this was only the beginning…

Before advertising the new generation of iPhones, which are in fact cheaper and faster than generation 1 and 2, it’s worth pointing out that the iPhone clone has been unveiled; a sexy, sleek contender in the battle for the optimal mobile device. That’s right, my friends over in China have been overworked and underpaid to create the masterful imitation iPhone. Rumour has it that the “Meizu miniOne” is superior to its original counterpart. The miniOne “runs popular mobile cell phone software that the iPhone wouldn’t. It works with nearly every worldwide cell phone carrier, not just AT&T. It promises to cost half as much as the iPhone and be available to 10 times as many consumers,” according to a mobile phone researcher at Popular Science magazine.  There is talk that although the Meizu miniOne does exist, it was never sold to the public, at least not on a legitimate basis. Hype about the iPhone clone was engineered, YouTube video advertising was in check, talk among the public was generated and miniOne was displayed at an electronics fair in Hong Kong, but it was never buyable by consumers.

The CECT TO2 iPhone on the other hand, also hatched in China has the capacity to fit two SIM cards and the ability to switch them without shutting down the phone. And it’s sold to the public.

China has definitely outdone themselves by going above and beyond simply selling knock off Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton bags; they’ve opened up the doors to technology piracy. Mini black markets are installed in every crevice, of every district, in the city of Shanghai, Beijing and Gaungzhou, to name a few, and these dealers mean serious business with their worthwhile products. 

The cloning process all begins with something called the ghost shift. “A factory contracted to make legitimate goods moves to a 24 hour operation, churning out copies- some made of inferior materials, and others exactly the same, designed to be sold on the black market-from midnight to morning,”(Dan Koeppel at Popular Science Magazine).  First the cloners have to do their homework and research the product that they want to clone, then they’re the first to buy the product when it’s on sale to the public, once the product is in their possession they dissect the product and look for shortcuts to implement in their copy.

Now that the new 3G iPhone has been breaking news worldwide, it’s safe to say that the clever Chinese engineers are presumably brewing up ideas in their ingenious science labs; working extended hours to simulate this very device. The 3G iPhone is equipped with GPS technology, faster access to the net, a widescreen iPod, making it easier to multitask and much more. The 3G iPhone is more than a computer in a compact, glossy, noir coloured parcel.

Possessing the real thing or the copied version empowers anyone who owns it with indeed too much power. Advanced technology has liberated the everyday consumer to a whole new level.

With an elevated level of technology comes the price of ethical dilemmas.  Some people’s universal ethics are to respect life and all that comes with it because it is a gift from god, well god wasn’t a technologist, he must have been the silent partner when the new ruler the almighty internet/wi fi/mobile PC God came to life.

Is it a sin to have everything too easily accessible, on the go?

How about laws suits? Speculations did in fact circulate that Meizu’s clone had been detected by Apple and a lawsuit was filed against the Chinese company, but that didn’t seem to faze the business, as Meizu miniOne M8 is in its prototypes stage, and is looking good.

The culture of technology has posed the above and below questions that continue to remain unanswered. There is tons of potential that lies in developing countries, in terms of being a technology intensive, export orientated territory that is part of the international competition. However, let’s not veer away from the focus of this piece, which is China and its capacity to clone.  

Will China ever go legit? Will the clones one day become the real thing?


~ by deliciousnoize on October 30, 2008.

One Response to “iPhone or iClone?”

  1. I love the Cect P168. They sell very fast. I have sold several. They are great phones. You can look at http://www.onestopshopelectronics.com

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