The porous borders between Hong Kong and China means it’s tempting for smugglers to bring goods illegally into the mainland. Take for example, the following Hong Kong resident caught smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his entire body, in what looks like iOS body armour.
According to Sina News (via The Verge), Chinese Customs at the Futian Port of entry became suspicious when a man only was carrying two plastic shopping bags and had a (Google Translation) “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension”:
In the Futian Port of entry the immigration hall, wearing a red sweatshirt and black trousers male passenger movement attracted the attention of customs officials. The passenger baggage is very simple, just two plastic shopping bags; but its weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension, things seem to bear emphasis. The picture shows the upper bound man full of phones.
Turns out, he had iPhone body armour on, the next wave of wearable technology from Apple. We can see there are a variety of iPhones strapped to his chest like a kevlar vest, including iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was that episode of The Simpsons when Principal Skinner straps on hot dogs to his chest—armour hot dogs:
The Hong Kong-Shenzhen border is one of the busiest border crossings in the world, and smugglers have even resorted to pawning off iPhone mules using 10-year old children.