Mini-riot blights inaugural Chinese iPhone launch
Those queues you see outside Apple’s UK stores when a new iGadget is about to be launched? They’re like a vicar’s tea party compared to what has just gone on in China, as the iPhone 4S went on sale for the first time.
It all kicked off big-style at the Apple store in Sanlitun, Beijing in the wildest scenes witnessed since Gazza went over there to have a crack at becoming a football manager. Reports say that a massive crowd assembled and when store bosses decided not to open up, the wannabe iPhone owners scuffled with police and threw eggs at the shop. Ah, the long-standing tradition of taking eggs to a product launch – where would we be without it?
One gutted hopeful told Reuters TV: “I've been waiting here since yesterday afternoon, then this morning they say they won't sell. They broke customers' hearts”.
Are you reading this, Apple? You broke their hearts!