How to check AirPods are genuine

AirPods Pro, in particular, are common targets for counterfeiters and some of them look exactly like the real things — but they never sound like them. Here’s how to be sure you’re getting the genuine article.

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Counterfeiting of all wireless headphones is climbing, but reportedly the higher price of AirPods Pro makes them particularly attractive to companies selling fakes. The retail price of $249 means both that anyone would be tempted by “discount” — and there’s room for the fakers to make money even at half price.

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