Apple iPhone 4S sale debut in China postponed due to customer safety concerns (Video)

By on Jan 13, 2012 in Asia, Smartphone, Technology Comments

The sale of Apple iPhone 4S in mainland China on its first day on Friday, January 13, 2012 was postponed due to customer safety concerns and stores did not open on the scheduled 7 a.m.

Apple fans in Shanghai, waiting
to buy the iPhone 4S on its debut sale

Image Credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

As noted at CNN that day, Apple said that the debut sale of iPhone 4S in retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai was halted temporarily and cited the safety of the public amid the unruly crowd outside the stores.

“The demand for iPhone 4S has been incredible, and our stores in China have already sold out,” an Apple spokesperson was quoted telling to AllThingsD, as some of the supposed early shoppers got mad over the announcement.

“Unfortunately we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd, and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being.” Apple added.

According to, thousands of Apple fans and scalpers gathered outside the Sanlitun Apple store and desperate to get their hands on the iPhone 4S and some went into fighting until the Beijing SWAT arrived to control them.

Apparently, Apple did not mentioned as to when the said stores will be selling the iPhone 4S but noted that it is still available online, via its partner China Unicom or at various official Apple resellers.

As reported earlier, Apple announced that iPhone 4S will be available in China starting today, Friday, January and in 21 other countries, and the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has allowed China Unicom to sell this latest iPhone.

Thousands of Apple fans and scalpers in Beijing waiting to buy iPhone 4S
Video Credit: Micgadget/YouTube

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