Dissecting a fake SuperDrive...

The other day I had a customer bring in an optical drive with a disc stuck inside… Nothing too unusual about that, until I noticed something seemed off about the drive, which at first glance was an Apple SuperDrive. The housing of the USB plug was poorer quality, and the casing of the body of the drive was silver plastic, not metal. It was a fake!

Upon opening it, I found a 50-pin JAE connector to USB bridge with a battered looking drive from 2006. There was a sticker on the casing with a 2014 date code, so even “new”, the drive inside was 8 years old!

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Jonathan Wrigley @workswellforme