Can an original Apple AirPod have wrong spelling on the charging case and airpod labels?

A friend just bought new, never opened airpods on a P2P marketplace. Upon receiving them and checking for whether they were fake everything looked fine except that there is misspelling on the labels on the charging case and airpods.

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You can see on the charging case that almost all words are misspelled, notably Apple spelled Apoie, and then the airpod seems to say the same.

I thought this would immediately mean they are fake, however I looked up the serial number on the inside of the charger and tested it on checkcoverage.apple.com and it shows as valid.

I also connected it to an iphone and it connected with no issues just as an original AirPod would.

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So I am at a loss. Find it hard to believe that original Apple products could have these errors, but I also expected a fake product to not have a valid serial number and for the iphone to recognize it as a non airpod.

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    Why? Serial numbers have rules, throw dice, pick random numbers, hit one that works in the system. They're fake. Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 23:37
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    Ok, I get the part of random serial numbers, but could a fake be picked up by iOS as airpods?
    – twalbaum
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 23:59
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    Most likely, all of the fakes have a valid serial number. The same serial number. Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 23:39
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    A way to tell if they were fakes without looking at the serial number, and before they were purchased, is the price. Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 3:09
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    Why aren't the answers covering the second part of the question, why doesn't the iphone detect these as no-airpods? Or are all fake airpods detected as genuine when connecting with iphone?
    – user17915
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 2:36

2 Answers 2


Of course these are fake. Or perhaps, more accurate, counterfeit. I think it’s safe to say, a genuine Apple product will not have a spelling typo.

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    If you have a genuine Apple product with a typo, you could sell it for 10x to way more to a collector. The most likely answer is total knock off...
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 1:09
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    Better still - has there ever been a documented instance of a true Apple typo? Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 1:24
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    This is not a "typo". It's an intentional avoidance of trademarks and keywords in (probably misguided) hopes of avoiding the counterfeits being intercepted by customs or prosecuted. Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 20:55
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    One typo on a product, maybe in a pre-production sample, perhaps. At least twelve and with such poor printing? No. Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 21:58
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    @R.. Thay ure elso clevarly evoiding lhe capywrite af Deslinad Colifornia ond Assemblod.
    – CJ Dennis
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 2:35

They cribbed the serial number off an actual pair of AirPods which the counterfeiter probably saw at an Apple store. If you had bought two, you would notice the same serial number on both.

The counterfeiters easily could have done a better job. It's their version of open disclosure: they're not even trying to hide that these are knockoffs. In the same way that many scammers claim to be from Nigeria because they find it profitable to warn off the savvy, leaving only the gullible. Or in this case, the illiterate.

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    Plus, they're not in violation of the "Apple" trademark, because Apoie.
    – Alexander
    Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 15:25
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    @Alexander They likely are in violation of the trademark, though this can be decided only by a judge. The purpose of trademark law is to avoid confusion between similar goods from different companies, and whether this confusion was well avoided will be taken into account when considering whether or not there was a trademark violation. Similar design and spelling, with only subtle differences, will tend to be judged as contributing to confusion between the products, and thus trademark violation.
    – cjs
    Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 23:27
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    Also, you can only sue them in Colifornia Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 20:33

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