The appeal of the Apple Peel

Here comes another by-product of the Shanzhai culture. Yosion Technology – a small startup company in the South of China with less than 10 employees - has come up with a case that turns an iPod Touch into an iPhone. The devise is said to be ready for mass production just as soon as it clears the “small” obstacle of intellectual property rights.

There are dim chances that the Apple Peel 520 will ever make it to the mass market. Beside IP issues the device faces a tougher battle: it requires users to jailbreak their iTouch and, for the time being, appears to suffer from quirks.Two segments of users may really be interested in the hybrid though: cost-conscious users and experimenters. Not exactly the usual Apple customer segments but maybe ones that other Shanzhai manufacturers will keep serving with their creativity.