The 660-foot cables between Hong Kong and the mainland as a method of transporting the iPhones. They usually operate after midnight and into the morning hours, and "only seconds needed" to transport them to the iPhone 1
According to a news conference held by the customs officers, these marks "the first case found in China that drones were used in cross-border smuggling crimes."
Shenzhen customs quoted by the Legal Daily as saying it would become increasingly sophisticated with high-tech devices and technical capabilities, including drones and high-resolution monitors, to detect smuggling activity.
Drone regulations are said to have an important task for Chinese officials, with the Government publishing a series of strict rules in 2017 after drones were interfering with aircraft flight paths. Civilian drone owners are now required to register any drone "up to a certain weight" using their real names.
iPhones out of Hong Kong has certainly been around for years. In early 2015, a man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones into mainland China by strapping them onto his body and under his clothes. Smuggling operations pop up frequently because of higher import taxes, which causes the iPhones to become more expensive in the mainland than they are in Hong Kong.