One of the most curious news of the week comes at the hands of OnePlus and the United States Customs and Border Protection Office, which has made the events public on social networks. Last September 11 A shipment of 2,000 counterfeit AirPods was seized, which turned out to be OnePlus Buds, the latest true wireless headphones from the Chinese brand.
The official announcement of the authorities reports that « 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods were bound for Nevada » from Hong Kong via John F. Kennedy Airport. They comment that if original, the cargo would have a value of $ 398,000 and that intercepting this shipment of « fake » headphones is « a direct reflection of vigilance and compromise. »
« This is not an apple »
THAT’S NOT AN 🍎 –
CBP officers at JFK Airport recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $ 398K had they been genuine.
Details via @CBPNewYorkCity: https://t.co/XMgjkfT56i pic.twitter.com/Ofn9REJ9ZB
– CBP (@CBP) September 14, 2020
The tweet published by CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and has more than 4,000 retweets and responses from well-known tech figures such as Jon Prosser or Marques Brownlee. Even the OnePlus USA account was joking with the post, asking for them to be returned. In the tweet it is presumed to have seized the 2,000 headphones, stating that they are a copy of the AirPods.
After the notorious case, it could be expected that the customs authorities understood that they are a genuine OnePlus product and released the cargo, but for Customs They are a fake AirPods and there is no going back. The authorities have confirmed to media such as . that they consider these headphones to be a copy of Apple’s AirPods and that there has been no confusion.
Customs has not backed down and considers that, due to the design of these headphones, they are a clear copy of the AirPods
According to customs trademarks also cover the general appearance of the device, so they consider the product to be a counterfeit Apple product. Regarding that they come in an official OnePlus box, it is something that does not affect (according to them), since they take into account the appearance of the product itself.
Realme Buds Neo, another of the many examples of how Android manufacturers are « inspired » by Apple AirPods.
Apart from being curious for this reason, the news has raised doubts about why these headphones have been considered copy and others not. There is no doubt that Android manufacturers are taking the design of AirPods as a reference, and proof of this are models such as Huawei FreeBuds, Xiaomi Mi True Wireless, Mobvoi TicPods ANC, Realme Buds Neo, Honor Magic Earbuds, etc.
There are many manufacturers that bet on this type of design, although now it is up to OnePlus to accept the decision of the customs authorities. Funny how not even Apple has filed appeals against OnePlus or the rest of the manufacturers, while Customs decides to block your shipments.
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« This is not an apple »: US Customs seizes 2,000 OnePlus Buds, considering they were fake AirPods