In Hong Kong and China, the release of iPhone 4S had created chaos. In Hong Kong, chaos was caused by some South Asian immigrants who did not want to stand in queue and buy all handsets of iPhone 4S so that they would sell them at cheaper price.
The violence following the release of iPhone 4S in China is fresh in our minds. Apple had halt the sales of iPhone 4S in China.
Now in a bid to curb such ugly situations, Apple has put an online lottery reservation system in place for iPhone 4S pre-orders. Apple has done this in an attempt to prevent Hong Kong scalpers from reserving iPhones.
The new reservation system does not allow someone to reserve an iPhone without inputting full credentials that match a government issued ID. This is meant to keep out scalpers who use bots to snag up phones in the reservation system.
A statement from Apple in this regard has been issued:
Due to high demand, we are accepting a limited number of iPhone reservations per day. To request an iPhone reservation, please choose your store and the iPhone you want. If we have an iPhone reservation for you, you’ll receive a confirmation email by 9:00 p.m. tonight that includes the time when you can pick up your iPhone tomorrow. A government-issued photo ID matching the name and ID number on your reservation is required for iPhone purchases. If you don’t receive an email, we were unable to reserve an iPhone for you, and you can try again another time. Only those who receive an email confirming their reservation will be able to purchase an iPhone; we will not be selling iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to walk-in customers.
Apple has declared that iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S would not be sold on walk-in basis.