In a really weird state of affairs that I’m nonetheless making an attempt to wrap my head round, US Customs and Border Protection tonight tweeted that its officers had “lately seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398Ok had they been real.” There’s additionally a press launch: “CBP officers are defending the American public from varied risks each day,” mentioned Troy Miller, director of CBP’s New York subject operations, within the launch. “The interception of those counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and dedication to mission success by our CBP Officers day by day.” These models originated from Hong Kong and had been seized at JFK on August 31st; they had been headed to Nevada, in response to the press launch.
The one downside is, primarily based on the company’s personal photographs, the seized merchandise look like official OnePlus Buds — in a field that plainly says as a lot. However CBP proudly tweeted “THAT’S NOT AN APPLE,” as if its individuals had astutely detected a solid piece of 18th-century artwork. It’s not clear if all 2,000 models had been OnePlus Buds, although the CBP photographs are unmistakable.
I don’t know what led CBP to cease these models of their tracks past their common AirPods-like aesthetic. Sure, the shape issue that Apple created is now shared by many fashions of true wi-fi earbuds available on the market. However you don’t see all of these getting headed off on the airport. Nowhere within the press launch is OnePlus even talked about, and there’s no readability on whether or not officers knew what they had been taking a look at. Once more, the bins in these photographs say OnePlus Buds. It’s not some knockoff AirPods field that makes use of the incorrect font or one thing. There’s seemingly no trickery at play, at the very least with the seized product. If AirPods had been purported to be in that cargo, that’s one other story.
The Verge has reached out to each OnePlus and CBP for extra particulars on the motion at JFK. Was it an embarrassing gaffe by border officers, or a wake-up name that earbud makers should be a little bit extra authentic? Possibly each. You’ve gotta determine the blue OnePlus Buds most likely would’ve gotten by means of.