Identify the Original and Fake Apple Earpods

AP2TG Staff

Apple EarPods are white in-ear headphones included with music players. They are designed to fit the ear while retaining a new design pushed by Apple alongside the iPod and iPod Touch products, with which they were sold together. Having been described as “revolutionary” they certainly do embody a unique aesthetic image, but Apple’s reinterpretation of the ear bud also drew criticisms of functionality, including a lack of rubber earpieces.

Buying headphones online is a minefield. There are so many fakes, copies, and knock-offs, especially for some of the most popular headphones on the market Apple EarPods. However, even the best earphones are still fragile. Or you may need another backup for it. If you do a research on online shopping websites, you can see plenty of sellers are selling the EarPods.

So, we want you to be sure you know what you’re getting, and have written this article to help you spot the fake Apple earphones that seem to have flooded marketplaces.

Factors to Identify the Fake and Original Apple EarPods:

1. Price:

The first thing that you should notice while purchasing Apple EarPods is the price. Eventually, the original Apple EarPods are more expensive than the ones manufactured by the third parties.

2. Casing/Box:

As soon as you get your hands on these you will have absolutely no doubt that these are not a genuine Apple product. There are some very clear signs these are fakes:

  • Check for Apple Logo carved on the backside of the casing
  • Marks and excess plastic are visible from machining
  • Check for the casing box whether it is correctly fitted

The genuine EarPods casing has the Apple logo. Furthermore, the quality of the genuine plastic EarPods casing/box should be made from high-quality plastic and should have a smooth finishing. If you observe any clue of uneven or rough casing surface then rest assured that the EarPods are made by the third party.

3. EarPods Color:

This could be the easier way to differentiate the real EarPods from the fake ones. You have to keep in mind that the original Apple EarPods are available in only white colour. So, if you find any differences in the colour, then they are made by the third party.

4. Build Quality:

If you closely observe the construction of the in-ear piece, the real EarPods are made in two parts and joint together without any excess plastic or roughness. Mostly, the third party EarPods are made with three parts and are joined roughly together. Moreover, the fake ones will have a light weight, whereas the genuine ones will feel sturdier, well made, and slightly heavier (due to a premium build quality).

5. Ear Fitting:

The Original Apple EarPods provide you with the best fitting. It fits neatly in your ear cavity and should not pop out on its own. The fake EarPods were designed that doesn’t fit into your ears and can easily be identified as the Fake ones.

6. Remote Control or Volume Control +/- Imprint Colour:

This factor is pretty much hard to differentiate unless and until you have both the original and fake EarPods with you. The colour of the volume +/- buttons on the genuine Apple certified EarPods remote control is dim-greyish. However, if you notice that the colour is a little bit on a darker side then probably it is a fake EarPod.

7. Trademark Text Imprint On The Wire:

If you check the wires of your EarPods in the middle of audio jack and the remote control, you can see at some point that there is a trademark text imprint on the wire, which read, “Designed by Apple in California”. If you can’t find any trademark text imprint on your EarPods then you have a fake or third party EarPods.

8. Sound Quality:

The Apple EarPods are designed to top provide you with the best listening experience with its own earphone design. The new design ensures that you get the deeper lows and crisper highs while listening to the music. If you experience less quality or anything less than that then you should know that you have fake ones.

9. The Bass Holes in the EarPod:

The OEM EarPods will conduct an airflow to the bass holes at the bottom of it which be designed for better bass sound. If you cover these holes with your fingers, less bass music can be heard. For fake ones, the “bass holes” are just for “decorating” purposes.

10. Microphone Quality:

This factor is also one of the hard features to figure out the fake EarPods. For this, you have to connect your EarPods to your iPhone, call your friend, and ask them if they are able to hear your voice loud and clear and without any disturbance or unwanted noise. Usually, people doesn’t pay attention to it while checking their EarPods.

Few other Differences are:

  • The grille of the original Earpods is seen with a good finish while in the copies the grille shows that it is of inferior quality.
  • The original wiring is soft and does not hold the shape if you bend it. In contrast, in the copies, the cable is more rigid and often the cable maintains the shape if they have been folded to fold them.


That’s all you need to take care of while purchasing a brand new EarPods for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from any accessory shop or an unofficial Apple store.

This is all about the differences between fake and real Apple headphones or Earpods. If you find any other differences other than the above, write them in the below comments.

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