We reported yesterday that the release of iPhone 4S in China resulted in chaos and violence.
The police and SWAT teams had to be called for crowd-control.
Apple has announced its decision to suspend iPhone 4S sales in mainland China following the violence.
On the mid-night of 13 January 2012, many angry customers threw eggs at the company’s flagship store in Beijing. The crowd had queued in freezing temperatures to purchase the newly-arrived iPhone 4S, but were subsequently told the store would not be opening for business – hence the crowd turned violent.
However, it seems that many in the mob were not normal consumers, but were workers put in place by resellers who wanted to buy up devices and sell them on at a profit. When iPad 2 was released in China, a similar chaos had been seen.
An Apple spokesperson has said the risk to its staff is too great, forcing it to halt 4S sales “for the time being.”