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Apple stops some iPhone 4S sales in China after violence

updated 01:05 am EST, Fri January 13, 2012

Apple hopes to guard buyers with temporary freeze

Apple took the unprecedented step of freezing some iPhone 4S sales in China following its high-profile launch. Following reports of possible fighting overnight during the lineup, Apple said it was temporarily holding off at its official Beijing and Shanghai stores. The company wanted to protect the safety both of its customers and its workers, Apple said.

At one point, would-be fans reportedly egged Apple's stores and shouted profane language at a Beijing store out of frustration after realizing that the store was already out of stock.

In the meantime, Apple has said that the actual sales htemselves were smooth, and that Apple had "sold out" of the initial batch at these stores. Its online store is currently backlogged by two weeks.

Violence has occasionally marred Apple launches in the past, including the iPad 2 and white iPhone 4. These have usually been owed to gray market resellers trying and sometimes failing to snap up supply and resell it at a markup. As official distribution gets wider, though, they have been less of a factor.

By Electronista Staff


  1. charlituna

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    according to the reports

    being out of stock had nothing to do the eggs. they were mad because it was after opening time and the store wasn't open. Likely due to the managers being in meeting to decide if they were going to open at all. and given the fights etc they apparently decided not to. And then came out and told the staff that no phones would be sold and to go home.

  1. c4rlob

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    New Samsung ads

    I can imagine the new waiting in line ads this will inspire for Samsung :)

  1. testudo

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    The intelligent purchaser orders online, stays home, and gets it delivered to them without having to put up with a single idiot store employee, store customer, or just the drudgery of waiting for them to let you pay for your phone.

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