Mini-riot blights inaugural Chinese iPhone launch

13 January 2012

flowerpower1 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!

TOPICS:   World News   Gadgets


  • Steve G.
    Shit, they're not going to start jumping off factories again are they?
  • Grumpy
    They should've just started looting. Those bastard shop owners not opening up? That's as bad as looting in my book.
  • David
    Chinese factory managers are not taking care of workforce properly. Some of them don't even have nets to catch disgruntled employees so that they can be reprimanded appropriately.
  • Dick
    Why don't they just buy some cheap knock-off chinese version?
  • Nick T.
    @ Dick Because, as a Chinese colleague at our factory put it when describing Lenovo laptops, "They're shit even by our standards".
  • pass l.
    I enjoy, result in I found exactly what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

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