iPed: World's first iPad lookalike on sale in China

Jun 01, 2010

Apple may have sold two million of its new iPad tablet computers in less than two months, but it now has a Chinese challenger -- the identical looking iPed.

Apple's is not, officially, even on sale yet in China but the iPed can be bought in Shenzhen, southern China, for almost a fifth of the price of the US price of Apple's gadget.

The world's first iPad lookalike runs on Google's operating system, is apparently powered by an Intel chip and sells for 105 dollars. The basic model iPad sells in the US for 499 dollars.

Pictures of the iPed, filmed by Japanese TV news and posted on YouTube, show the gadget being sold in a Shenzhen computer mall in packaging that even looks like an iPad box.

The change in vowel is seemingly the only major difference in appearance between the two gadgets.

A review of the iPed on tech website TECHi says "the iPed is exactly what you're thinking: a Chinese knock-off."

"The iPed is an Intel-driven, Android-based copycat packaged like an product and, to be honest -- it doesn't look half bad."

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Last week, Apple and its contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn refused to confirm or deny rumours that the iPad was being made at Foxconn's massive Shenzhen factory, which has been hit by a spate of staff suicides.

Apple, now the largest US technology company by value, said Monday it had sold two million iPads, outdoing even the on its launch.

Last Friday, the flat, 10-inch (25-centimetre) black that Apple claims will revolutionise the industry went on sale in Australia, Japan, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Demand in the United States was so strong that the company pushed back the global roll-out. It goes on sale in nine more countries in July, including Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Last week, Apple dethroned software giant Microsoft as the largest US technology company in terms of market value.

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1 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2010
Hmmm so multitasking and even Flash for only 100 bucks? I wonder what else they added. Anybody know what Android OS this is?

The main reason it has outdone the iPhone is because the iPad is not limited to one carrier. Only the 3G is limited to ATT service.
1 / 5 (2) Jun 01, 2010
Considering the speedy appearance of this Ipad ripoff, I wouldn't be suprised the Iphone 4.0 prototype that recently surfaced in Vietnam is now being reverse-engineered to death in China. Kudos to the Chinese. Comprehensive, strategic and tactical state-sanctioned "innovation" is the way there. You object? Consider the mundane Falun Gong. It's been cracked down to the bedrock with no stone left unturned...now, can you say about the same about outright intellectual property robbery? That's would give you the Chinese authorities's attitude. As long as their rule is not endangered in any way, anything goes. That's includes your newest inventions!
1 / 5 (1) Jun 01, 2010
Skepticus, if you think that Falun Gong is "mundane", then you've been duped by the media. It is a dangerous cult that drives its practitioners to such "mundane" activities as burning oneself and one's children to death.
1 / 5 (2) Jun 02, 2010
iPad wins. Apple will always lead with innovation... no other tech company has any design culture.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2010
Skepticus, if you think that Falun Gong is "mundane", then you've been duped by the media. It is a dangerous cult that drives its practitioners to such "mundane" activities as burning oneself and one's children to death.

I have read the whole manual of Falun Gong (not practicing) and I see nothing in there that suggests it encourage the behavior you alleged. Are you sure you are not one of the Chinese government mouthpiece saying the Party's line? I won't demand honesty...That's would be asking too much as any person with an IQ of 1 and less knows when asking a hardcore commie.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2010
...And by the way, you conveniently ignore the thrust of my comment about the rampant ripoff of other's products by Chinese firms large and small. If they can make, sell knockoffs openly in China, without any action from the government, what do you make of that? Perhaps copying and stealing do not have translatable equivalents in Chinese.
not rated yet Jun 02, 2010
Haven't some uber-geniuses been trying to produce a $100 laptop for years now? All they had to do was rip off Apple...
Jun 06, 2010
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