iPhone 15: How To Spot Fakes (Pro, Pro Max, Plus)

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Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Ch David

In this guide, we’re teaching you how to spot any fake iPhone 15:

  • Base model of the iPhone 15
  • Pro
  • Pro Max
  • Plus

How to spot any FAKE iPhone 15

The #1 way to authenticate your iPhone is to scan its serial number on the Apple Check Coverage website or in-store. Fakes never replicate serial numbers properly.

1. Serial number

1.1. Where to find it

iPhone 14 Serial Number Fake VS Real

Your iPhone 15’s serial number is in two places:

  • In the phone: Settings > General > About > Serial Number.
  • On the box: Flip it upside-down > Bottom-right side > Serial Number.

Keep it in mind for the next step.

1.2. How to scan it

Apple Check Coverage Online Service - Website
  1. Open an internet browser (on any device)
  2. Go to this website: checkcoverage.apple.com
  3. Type your iPhone 15’s serial number
  4. Complete the captcha
  5. Hit “Send

You might have to wait a couple of seconds after sending it.

Then…

1.3. Results

Authentic iPhone 15 Serial Number
  • Authentic: Valid purchase date, serial number, and warranty (if the case).
  • Fake: Invalid serial number and no purchase date.

No fake can get through Apple’s database — the same way nobody can replicate iOS, Apple’s operating system for iPhones.


Finding it too hard? Reach out to our Apple experts:

2. Lock screen

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Date And Time
  • Authentic: Correct, basic Apple font.
  • Fake: Android font for the day’s text.

3. Buttons

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Buttons

On the lock screen:

  • Authentic: Must have the Flashlight + Camera buttons.
  • Fake: No Flashlight and random “i” icon for the Camera.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Speakers

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Speakers
  • Authentic: Large holes for the speakers.
  • Fake: Too small.

5. Time

Unlock your phone and look in the top-left side.

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Time
  • Authentic: Correct Apple font.
  • Fake: Android font, once again.

6. Screen frame

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Screens
  • Authentic: Perfectly round, authentic iPhone 15 silhouette.
  • Fake: Android frame with uneven corners.

7. Font

Pretty repetitive, however this is a very basic call-out for fake iPhones.

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Fonts

8. Cameras

iPhone 15 Pro Fake VS Real Comparison: Cameras
  • Authentic: Thinner lines.
  • Fake: Thicker outlines the cameras.

9. Box

iPhone 15 Fake VS Real Comparison: Boxes
  • Authentic: Repeats the same text in multiple languages.
  • Fake: Only says in it in English.

Fake boxes may also have typos.

10. Major defects

Fake iPhone 15 Box
  • Authentic: Never has any scratches inside the box.
  • Fake: May sometimes have a ripped box, like above.

11. Receipt

Counterfeit iPhone 15 Box And Receipt

An authentic Apple receipt never looks like this.

Better yet: Apple mostly uses digital/email receipts nowadays.

Specs & Features: Apple iPhone 15

Below is our short comparison of all the authentic iPhone 15 specifications and features.

FeatureiPhone 15iPhone 15 PlusiPhone 15 ProiPhone 15 Pro Max
Display6.1-inch OLED, 60Hz6.7-inch OLED, 60Hz6.1-inch OLED ProMotion 120Hz6.7-inch OLED ProMotion 120Hz
ProcessorA16 BionicA16 BionicA16 BionicA16 Bionic
Rear CameraDual 48MP Wide and 12MP Ultra WideDual 48MP Wide and 12MP Ultra WideTriple 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, and 12MP TelephotoTriple 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, and 12MP Telephoto
Front Camera12MP12MP12MP12MP
Battery3349mAh3300mAh3200mAh3500mAh
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Starting Price$1,129.00$899.00$999.00$1,099.00
Table: Comparing the features of all iPhone 15 models

There you go!

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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