Chinese IT stores and markets are filled with cut-price copycat iPods and iPhones – now you can add an iPad clone to your shopping list!
Like the idea of an iPad but not sold on the price? Maybe you need to look out for the Chinese version of Apple’s so-called magical device, which like its counterpart will go on sale this Friday - but at half the price of the entry-level iPad!
China’s iPad will sell for 2000 yuan, which is US$290 or A$320. It’s a shameless knock-off of the original, but not a total copy.
While the device shares the same name and branding, and even boasts an Apple logo atop the screen, it has an iPod-style click wheel controller and uses a stylus instead of your finger. The UI also appears to be a Chinese clone of Apple’s OS X.
The counterfeit iPads are the product of Chinese tech manufacturer Shenzhen Huayi, and company president Xiong Yiwei is quite open about his lawyer-bait iPad.
“We basically made the designs to look like a jumbo iPhone” he told Hong Kong-based Ming Pao Weekly. “The profit margin of counterfeit cell phones reached up to 30 percent in the past, but only 10 yuan (A$1.65) profit margin is made per one product. We had a great expectation of netbooks last year, but only 100 yuan (A$16.50) profit margin was made. The success of iPhonish product is a matter of life or death for us.”