Apple has halted iPhone sales from its stores in China after the launch of the latest model triggered a near-riot.
Amid scuffles outside a Beijing shop, the firm said it was acting ‘to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees.’ Enraged shoppers threw eggs in protest.
Some had waited overnight in freezing temperatures to get their hands on the iPhone 4S. News the store would not be opening after all was devastating.
“Well, on the one hand there is poor organisation and on the other there were just too many people, so it does not seem very successful,” said one disappointed customer, who gave his name as Mr Miao. “I don’t think they prepared well enough.”
Hired place-holders as well as die-hard iPhone fans were said to make up the crowd in the capital of China, the world’s largest mobile-phone market.