Apple Inc. has decided to stop the sales of their latest smartphone the iPhone 4S in the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai. It was revealed that the step has been taken to ensure the safety of customers and employees.
The latest device from Apple hit Asia this Friday, which led to mass craze for the object in the whole country. Thousands of fans of the industry giant had setup tents outside the stores to be the first to get their hands on the coveted phone.
It has been reported that many of the people were illegal vendors who wanted to get several devices for resale purposes after wards.
The disgruntled customers had asked about the eccentric behavior of Apple. "We’re suffering from cold and hunger," a man in his 20s shouted to Reuters Television. "They said they’re not going to sell to us. Why? Why?"
"I got in line around 11 p.m., and beyond the line the plaza was chock full with people," said Huang Xiantong, 26, outside the store.
"Around 5 a.m. the crowds in the plaza broke through and the line disappeared entirely. Everyone was fighting, several people were hurt," said Huang, who wanted to buy a new iPhone for his girlfriend. "The police just started hitting people. They were just
Apple’s official spokesperson shed light on the circumstances to calm down angry customers: "The demand for iPhone 4S has been incredible, and our stores in China have already sold out," the company said in a statement. "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."