You will need a UV light to see it
What just happened? Apple has reportedly added a new security feature to the iPhone 15 cases that could make it easier to verify the authenticity of the device. The Cupertino-based tech giant made no mention of the hidden watermark ahead of the current iPhone 15 launch, and why would it? This would have informed the fraudsters of its existence sooner and given them even more time to reproduce the security feature.
9to5Mac points to a video shared on X (formerly Twitter) highlighting a pair of watermarks hidden on the back of an iPhone 15 box. The watermark, which is only visible under ultraviolet light, appears to be code QR which can probably be scanned to verify that the box is indeed a genuine Apple creation.
The new iPhone 15 cases are equipped with a security system that displays holograms under UV light. This is a measure introduced by Apple to recognize real boxes and prevent people from being scammed pic.twitter.com/oBhQoc5IDI
– Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) 21 septembre 2023
It’s a pretty smart move that could help combat counterfeit devices from the start, but rest assured that scammers are already working to copy it now that the cat is out of the bag. The details of the QR code are not yet known, but we hope its inner workings will be revealed in due time.
Shoppers who purchase a new iPhone from a reputable retailer like Best Buy, their wireless carrier, or directly from Apple shouldn’t have to worry about counterfeit devices. Rather, it is those who buy from small sellers or third-party marketplaces who are most likely to be exploited.
As 9to5Mac points out, there are a few steps you can take when purchasing a phone in person to help verify its authenticity. Inspect the retail box carefully and compare it to other iPhone boxes to ensure there are no obvious signs of counterfeiting. Low-quality knockoffs often use different fonts or even have misspelled words right on the box.
The publication also advises buyers to check the serial number printed on the box and, if possible, open the device on site and ensure that the information in the phone’s settings matches that printed on the box .
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