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first_imgThe amount of importance Apple puts on keeping its future products secret may seem a bit over the top to some, but the existence of a smartphone called the GooPhone i5 proves Apple’s suspicious nature makes a lot of sense.It is widely expected that on September 12 Apple will announce the iPhone 5. However, most of the details and parts of the new iPhone have already been leaked, meaning if a Chinese manufacturer wanted to produce a copy, it wouldn’t be very difficult for them to do so.That’s exactly what has happened, and the GooPhone i5 is that handset. It looks just like the leaked images of the iPhone 5, but the internals are very different. The GooPhone will run on a 1.4GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. The operating system will be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but with a theme meant to look a lot like iOS 6. It also uses a 4-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and includes an 8MP camera on the rear.Chinese knock-offs of popular smartphones are nothing new, but the GooPhone is different for one very important reason. The Chinese company producing it have succeeded in getting patents for the design in China. If that’s true, then Apple potentially won’t be able to sell the iPhone 5 in China, but worse still, they may be facing a ban on shipping the smartphone from China, effectively stalling the iPhone 5 launch before it begins.Apple has already faced problems in China with regards to the iPad. Chinese company Proview Technology sued Apple over the use of the name “iPad” and threatened both a sales ban across China and an import and export ban on the device. The lawsuit ended with Apple paying Proview $60 million.The same could likely happen again with the iPhone 5. Apple cannot afford to have an export ban imposed even for a few weeks, let alone months, so the company’s lawyers are probably already putting in overtime trying to sort the problem out before it happens. Ultimately Apple could end up paying out more millions to make the issue disappear.We still expect the iPhone 5 to be launched on September 12, but China could play a big part in whether Apple hits that date now.via Giz-Chinalast_img read more