If you think iPhone cloning was bad, China has now managed to upgrade the iPhone’s storage – a feature that was previously impossible. These repair shops charge an affordable fee for the service and it can done within an hour.
CCTV News sent one of their reporters to try the service. According to Xu, who is the owner of a phone repair shop in Chongqing, China, the iPhone’s storage chips require verification before it can be activated. Upgrading the iPhone’s storage chips were not possible until now.
Someone has created a tool that enables technicians to directly access and read the storage chip’s serial number, allowing them to easily activate it. Once the activation is done, the technician then needs to replace the original storage chip. The storage chip has to be carefully welded on to sixty pinpoint soldered joints.
Xu has claimed that he has updated more than seventy iPhones in a week without reports of any problems or failures. The service costs 580 Chinese yuan (about RM400) and it takes an hour to complete. A 16GB iPhone 6s retails for RM3,199 while the 128GB model costs RM1,000 more.
This service is definitely much cheaper than getting the official 128GB. That being said, the user who goes through this procedure will have void their iPhone’s warranty and could possibly be a victim of information theft.
Apple China’s officials have stated that they currently have no comment on the issue. It is possible that the company may include a patch in the next firmware update to prevent access to the serial numbers of storage chips to prevent this sort of thing from continuing to happen.
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(Source: CCTV News)