Leading up to the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, constant reports surfaced of different smuggling acts to get the newest flagship devices from Apple into the region.Some of those stories were simply focused on the rise of smuggled handsets into the region, while also noting the fact that this type of action is quite common when a high-end device like the iPhone is under constant demand. Others, on the other hand, showcased the unique ways that smugglers tried to get these goods into China, including shoving the devices into Twinkie boxes.
However, now that the newest iPhones are now available in China, smuggling has not stopped. According to a report published by the Huffington Post, and citing a series of photos that were posted to a local social media network, a smuggler has been caught while passing through Futian Port in China with a total of 94 iPhones strapped to his body. As the images depict, the iPhones were taped to the frame of the smuggler at several different spots, including around the thighs and chest.
According to the report, the smuggler was only identified by the way he was walking, and the “joint stiffness, muscle tension.” He was then subjected to a metal detector, after which the iPhones were soon located:
“The man was apparently identified only by his gait – he had a ” “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension” and — when forced through a metal detector — tons and tons of Apple hardware around his waist“
The demand for iPhones is only worsened by the price tag attached to them, especially for unlocked handsets. The report notes that a 16GB iPhone 6 is currently going for the equivalent of $872 in the area, when in the United States an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 currently goes for $649.
[via Huffington Post]