The West is always giving China grief over its exercise of strict control over its population, but that control obviously does not extend to keeping Chinese entrepreneurs from making the most atrocious cheap knockoffs of everything Western. There is an old precept that, as a nation, the Chinese hate to lose “face” but if that were true one would think that they would keep themselves from making absolute fools of themselves by doing such a bad job of counterfeiting everything from automobiles to small electronic gadgets, then thinking that they can pass them off to anyone as real.
The counterfeit iPads are a good example, as are the multitude of counterfeit iPhones available on the Chinese “black market,” something which may be better described as the Chinese “fool’s market.” According to a Wall Street Journal story, badly faked iPads have begun to appear in bazaars in the nation’s capitol, alongside counterfeit iPhones that do not even look like iPhones. Apparently the phony iPads are not the right shape, do not have the correct icons, and feature touch screens that do not work very well, if at all. Examinations shows that they are powered by Android, which would sort of figure.
Actual Apple iPads are not yet available in China, and may not be for another 30 days or so. It is assumed that there are a large number of real iPads in China, brought in from other countries and sold on the black market. There was, of course, a thriving black market in real Apple Wi-Fi-able iPhones in China well before the government lifted their ban on that feature. These all seem like almost-government-sponsored activities that are ends to the political means of the repressive Chinese government.