Apple’s iPhone 4S global launch has been going very very well…..until yesterday and as of now, all 5 of Apple’s Chinese stores have been closed. Essentially, mad chaos broke out at Apple’s Beijing location, while the store was opening for the release of the iPhone 4S – reports have pegged the problems with scalpers outside the store but Apple has released this statement:
…The demand for iPhone 4S has been incredible and our stores in China have already sold out. Unfortunately, we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd. And to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees, iPhones will not be available in our retails stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being..
Eventually, a S.W.A.T. police unit had to be called in to get the crowd under control – this was after people started throwing eggs due to the closure of the store. While the iPhone 4S can still be ordered online, it looks like in-store purchases will be a no go for some time to come.