The iPhone 7 is still young to the market, but China has fallen fast out of love. The days when a shiny jet black model fetched a markup price of 24 thousand RMB ($3560 USD) on the black market are long gone, and the nifty methods that the Chinese have devised to “upgrade” their iPhone6s, shows half-hearted enthusiasm for the phone, which has scarcely anything new to offer besides a sleek black option and marginally altered design.

The way some see it, why pay $700 for a new phone when you already have an iPhone6 with almost the same specs?  These are some budget-friendly solutions Chinese users are resorting to.

This is one of the more time consuming options to reincarnate an iPhone6 into the latest model. In the place of a second lens, these cases only have a hole, to our dismay, but otherwise, the end result is enough to fool the untrained eye. For those who have trouble taking apart the casing and installing an iPhone7 replica,considerate shop owners have provided an hour-long video course to guide you along the task.

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April Ma

Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).