Soumya Prakash Pradhan

As digital media and technology continue to grow, people are benefiting from it, but some individuals are also misusing it for cybercrime, such as creating fake Apple AirPods to scam people.

Here are eight ways to determine if your Apple AirPods are genuine or fake:

1. Check the box: When you buy Apple AirPods, look for the manuals inside the box and examine the packaging for any signs of tampering or scratches.

2. Verify the brand name: Ensure that the brand name is correctly spelled and in the right font, as counterfeit products may have misspelled words or use different fonts.

3. Look for separated labels: Genuine AirPods have separate labels while fake ones often have a single piece of paper.

4. Examine the Apple logo: Authentic AirPods will have a clear and distinct Apple logo without any fading or curved edges on the bitten part.

5. Check the contents: Make sure the box includes the user manual, warranty card, and safety sheet. If any of these are missing, the product might be fake.

6. Sound quality: Check the sound quality of your purchased AirPods by listening to them at full volume and playing different types of audio to detect any lack of clarity, bass, or features like spatial audio. If you notice these issues, the product might be fake.

7. Identify serial number: Additionally, you can verify the serial number on the Apple website to confirm authenticity. Connect your AirPods to your phone, and if you receive a 'Cannot Verify AirPods' alert, they might be fake.

8. Color: Genuine AirPods also come in only one color, so different colors indicate a scam. 

Always purchase from trusted sources like the official Apple store or reputable online retailers to avoid counterfeit products.