iPhone 4S sparks riots in China

Apple failed to open Beijing store on first day of iPhone 4S launch after crowds became rowdy

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iPhone 4S sparks riots in China The launch of Apple's latest iPhone has caused riots in Beijing.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 15, 2012

Apple has stopped sales of its iPhone 4S in Apple stores in China after crowds in Beijing began rioting when the new handset went on sale, according to Reuters.

Apple refused to open the doors to its Beijing store out of what they saw as a threat to staff and fans. The result was a rather unhappy crowd of Chinese Apple shoppers, many of whom turned to throwing eggs at the store.

The iPhone 4S will continue to be available online in China and will be sold in some Chinese phone shops, but Apple has not yet announced when it will be available in official Apple stores.

According to Reuters, such is the demand for Apple products in China that many pay teams of migrant workers to purchase large numbers of iPhones and then sell them on at inflated prices. iPhones are sold unlocked in China, meaning that they can be used on any network anywhere in the world.

Police were called to the Beijing Apple store to try and remove disgruntled iPhone 4S shoppers.

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