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At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the grey, rounded windows, the whole layout; it's Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain't OS X, it's Red Star, North Korea's state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like.
Apple's new iMac is taking its time to arrive in stores. But if you're bored of waiting, you can already get a dodgy Chinese fake of the sleek new computer — before anyone has managed to get their hands on the official product.
Apple doesn't want you buying cables for your iPhone 5 (or new iPads) from anyone other than Apple, because it charges a fat $35 for each one. Luckily, we can now confirm a flood of cheap knockoff cables are real.
China's not the only country that has a problem with counterfeit Apple products — even NYC is plagued with knock-off iStuff, according to Reuters. The Queens area of New York City has seen two stores, Apple Story and Fun Zone, close.
After seeing the fake Apple Chinese store, I was pretty much prepared to see a knockoff store of anything. Who could they steal from next? Microsoft? Dell kiosks? Discount stores? Nope. Instead, they copied the pride (or bane) of Sweden: IKEA.
One stand at Computex had two of the most delicious Apple rip offs you're ever likely to see. One Android tablet built and skinned to look like the iPad's evil twin, and one aluminium laptop range complete with the cut away logo on the back of the monitor. But it's OK. That's an umbrella, so it's totes different.