Frequent analyst of Apple products Ming-Chi Kuo said last month that the AirPods 3 will only enter production in Q3 of 2021. But it looks like that doesn’t stop counterfeits of the thing to break into the market early. Some have already ended up in the hands of consumers, too.
A couple of TikTok videos of the fake Apple AirPods 3 have already shown up on Twitter. And they look pretty much exactly as the images that have shown up online two months or so back. One of the videos even shows it being connected to an iPhone. It is even recognised as the “AirPods 4th generation”, bizarrely enough.
On one hand, it’s probably not all that surprising to find fake products in the wild. Even with unreleased stuff like the AirPods 3, making counterfeits are possible as long as images of them are floating about. But on the other, it is indeed strange than an iPhone recognises it as something that doesn’t officially exist.
At any rate, if you’re in the market for a new pair of TWS buds, definitely beware of counterfeits. And especially if you’re looking for the Apple AirPods 3 specifically, since they’re not actually even made yet, let alone out in the market.