The Apple iPhone has many fans around the world and since the last version was released the device has sold in even greater numbers. As the company rolls out the global launch violence brings a halt to the China iPhone 4S release at Apple’s retail stores.
There were thousands of people queuing up outside the company’s retail stores in the country, and some of them didn’t even open. Apple has now said it has stopped the sale of all iPhone models via its retails stores in China. The BBC is reporting that the sore located in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, didn’t even open after the crowd fighting amongst themselves and with the police.
China is Apple’s second largest mobile phone market, and the world’s biggest. Apple released a statement and said it didn’t open the Sanlitun store because of the large crowd and to protect the safety of “customers and employees”.
Chinese customers can still purchase the smartphones via the Apple online store, or at China Unicom and other various resellers. Other stores in Beijing and Shanghai opened without any problems with the iPhone 4S selling out completely.
Large crowds started to gather outside the Apple stores overnight with police being deployed to keep control of them. At Apple’s Sanlitun store in Beijing after it failed to open at 7:00 am local time it was pelted with eggs by some of the crowd.
Once it was announced it wasn’t going to open the crowd began shouting “liar” and “open the door”. At around 10:00 am local time all the crowds had dispersed. Are you surprised by the trouble in China?