7th November 2019 – (China) Chinese manufacturers in Huaqiangbei successfully reverse-engineered the latest Apple AirPods Pro and they even included the Noise Cancellation feature and they are now being sold online for 500 renminbi (HK$560). The amount is 1/4 of the retail price of original Apple AirPods Pro.
In early September this year, there were already leaked pictures of counterfeit AirPods Pro being made by Chinese manufacturers. After Apple successfully launched them, the counterfeit version not only copied the design but also the technological feature i.e. Active Noise Cancellation mode. Monthly sales of the counterfeit AirPods Pro have reached over 1,000,000.
Huaqiangbei is an area and subdistrict of Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. The area’s status as a major electronics manufacturing hub, and sprawling electronics marketplaces have earned it occidental nicknames such as “China’s Silicon Valley”, and the “Silicon Valley of Hardware.