No sooner had Apple rolled out its much-anticipated Apple Watch on Monday morning than counterfeiters were already hawking fake knockoff versions on the streets of the Chinese city of Shenzhen. No kidding! The "shanzhai," or counterfeiters, have already released ripoffs of the Apple Watch faster than the company can release the real thing.
How can you avoid getting scammed by these high-tech fakes? Unlike a typical knockoff watch, they can't just stick some cheap gears under the hood of an Apple Watch knockoff. The fakes, which cost the equivalent of about $40 to $80, boast an operating system with icons that look sort-of like Apple's design.
Le Pen, CEO and founder of smartwatch maker Omate, explained to CNN that the real challenge for shanzhai was to emulate the Apple Watch's interface:
"The hardware is not the big challenge -- the hard part is on the software and the application side. In the end, you sometimes need to be an expert to tell the difference between real and fake."
Luckily, you can spot a fake by the price tag. The real Apple Watch will run you at least $349, and when released on April 24th, will be sold only in Apple stores. So if someone offers you a to-good-too-be-true deal on an Apple Watch, buyer beware!
Oh, and if you want to learn more about some of the other cool gadgets that Apple recently announced, then check out my breakdown of Apple's massive press event.