We wouldn’t be surprised if what we’re seeing here are early bird knock-off boxes of the iPhone 7. After all, Russia’s just like any country with its share of tech scam artists. But we wouldn’t be surprised if boxes of this kind make it to shelves from Moscow to Vladivostok.
AppleInsider called dibs on these three pictures showing the backs of two 256GB iPhone 7 boxes in different angles. Storage options for both the regular 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch “Plus” model have been pegged by speculators to be 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.
One closeup picture mentions “AirPods” coming inside the box, what we’d assume to be wireless EarPods to compensate for the fact that the iPhone 7 may not have a headphone jack.
Apple was reported to have filed regulatory documents in Russia regarding “AirPods” last week. There have also been leaks of a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter which has also been rumored to be included in some boxes. These boxes do not mention such an adapter nor a Lightning-connected pair of EarPods.
So, are the boxes real or fake? Well, aspects of the box don’t jive with how Apple has recently done up its product boxes: a printed label on the back instead of direct box engraving; centered text on the label instead of left-justified text; the product’s name has not been in large print on the back for a while; and the side label would denote the iteration of the product. And hey, we have been duped before.
That’s not to say that we fully know of how Apple handles its packaging for different times and in different markets for practical reasons — much to the chagrin of its preference for uniformity. We’ll suss this one out soon enough.