Apple halts sales of the Apple iPhone 4S in China after fights break out
Once the delay was made known, the large crowd started throwing eggs and fights broke out with police. Apple then decided not to open the store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd and for the protection and safety of those working inside the store. The Cupertino based firm then temporarily halted iPhone 4S sales at all of its retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai.
Apple said that those wanting to buy the Apple iPhone 4S could still purchase the phone online, or at China Unicom locations. The carrier is the only Chinese operator that is authorized to sell the Apple iPhone 4S although a recent report said that a special version of the device for China Telecom's CDMA-2000 network recently received regulatory approval in China.
Meanwhile, the decision by Apple not to open the store in Sanlitun has left a number of people upset. One man told Reuters TV, "I've been waiting here since yesterday afternoon, then this morning they say they won't sell. They broke customers' hearts." This past May, the launch of the Apple iPad 2 in China also turned violent with four people hospitalized.
1. thelegend6657 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 02:22 11 0
I am so embarrassed by my own people . I am yellow , don't they know manners ?
2. ardent1 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 02:29 3 7
This follows the Apple incident in Hong Kong, the RIM riot in Indonesia, and you would think the manufacturers would get the hint. When people smell an opportunity to make money, they ruin it for the good customers.
It's one thing to have pent-up demand for your product, it's another thing when it becomes pandemonium. Apple should have done a better job.
3. RazaAsad posted on 13 Jan 2012, 03:14 8 1
I have ALWAYS opposed apple for its wrong attitude but what did apple do wrong here? Its not Apple who made people do aggression and I believe it was the right decision to halt sales for the sake of their personnel's security.
4. crankyd00d posted on 13 Jan 2012, 03:40 6 0
Yeah I can say that I HATE Apple for many reasons, but I don't know what they did here either haha. I guess people pointing and blaming other people for stupid things will never go out of style
20. ardent1 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 14:04 1 0
> what did apple do wrong here?
Apple knew from past experiences (a) such as the recent introduction of the iPads in China (or the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong), it led to fights, etc. (b) that there are more customers than products, then Apple ought to adjust their strategy. You can't have people waiting if there aren't enough products -- you have a lot of angry and disappointment people.
I would use a lottery system if can prevent fights -- I understand people will sell their claims but that is no different than people standing in line to sell the physical units after purchase. Or use deposits until the pent-up demand is met.
5. boriqua2000 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 03:54 13 2
2 questions..#1. why in the hell were those people in line carrying eggs for? #2. when chinese people fight,do they all use karate or kung fu?
6. messiah posted on 13 Jan 2012, 04:17 12 2
Bruce lee never threw no eggs.....
But then again, The Dragon himself would be an android user....
16. harsh_732006 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 08:47 5 1
there is no such thing as chineese people..there is only JACKIE CHAN and his CLONES..:P
19. Adianshadows posted on 13 Jan 2012, 13:12 4 2
THAT'S why they all look alike! Now I understand!
7. chunk1x posted on 13 Jan 2012, 04:37 7 0
What is the big deal of being first one to own one anyway?
8. darac posted on 13 Jan 2012, 05:23 4 1
this iPhone phenomenon is starting to get really disturbing
9. remixfa posted on 13 Jan 2012, 06:42 6 0
well, for once apple made the right decision. guess it only doesnt care if people get hurt at its factories, not at its stores.
17. tacohunter posted on 13 Jan 2012, 09:58 1 2
There's apparantly a great misconception about this. It's foxconn who has been involved in several controversies – most relating to how it manages employees in China NOT apple. It's a business like (example) Samsung manufactures the A5 chips for the iphone 4S.
Here's what wikepedia says:
Foxconn is the world's largest maker of electronic components including printed circuit boards.
Due to its dominance in this specialized outsourcing sector, it is popular with European, Japanese, and American companies wishing to reduce labor costs without sacrificing quality. Well-known products Foxconn manufactures include the iPhone, the iPad, the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, the Wii, and the Amazon Kindle. It is the largest exporter in Greater China and the second largest exporter in the Czech Republic.
International attention has repeatedly been drawn to the suicides of workers and the conditions of employment.
22. ardent1 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 14:11 0 0
> attention has repeatedly been drawn to the suicides of workers
The sucidie rate in the US is about 10 per 100,000 people and increases to 14 per 100,000 during recessions (source: CDC). Yet, you don't hear outcries over this statistic.
By the way, the suicide rate at Foxconn plants is also the same, about 10 per 100,000 people.
23. remixfa posted on 13 Jan 2012, 14:24 2 2
lol. like always you go for the stretch
you are comparing a national statistic that includes everyone and anyone including people that have been institutionalized for severe depression and comparing them against workers that have been beaten down and abused so bad that they feel the best thing for their family is to commit suicide at work!! And of ALL the foxconn factories, these suicides ONLY happen at APPLE factories because of ALL the factories, the APPLE factories are considered the worst working conditions.. in a country that routinely abuses its workers. Think about that.
honestly, i didnt think even u would try something so stupid. thanks for proving me wrong.
10. speckledapple posted on 13 Jan 2012, 06:45 2 0
I must admit, I think this is silly. I have waited in line for items before but I have never been so in love with anything to start a fight or throw eggs. This is ridiculous. Some people really do lack composure over a device, just a device people.
21. ardent1 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 14:06 3 0
It's greed -- many of the people in line are there SOLELY to turn around and sell the units for a large profit.
11. handicrapguy posted on 13 Jan 2012, 06:59 2 2
Wow, fighting over a phone. Surely there are far more important issues to get worked up over.
The local shipping company screwed up my iphone delivery and i had to wait 2 extra days to get it but i never felt the urge to throw eggs.
13. spiderpig2894 posted on 13 Jan 2012, 07:54 1 1
Calm down China, why eager to buy an iPhone 4s immediately? Apple will release an iPhone 5 then maybe 5s. Just like releasing two iPads in a year, iPad and iPad2 last year and expecting iPad3 and iPad4 this year. (I just read an article that Apple will releasing two iPads)
18. theBankRobber posted on 13 Jan 2012, 11:40 1 0
This has nothing to do with which iPhone it is, people really wanted this deal because of alot of tight budget people who can't afford a iPhone 4s at $200. Even if they waited to the iPhone 5 came out, they still might not have the money to buy it so this is their best choice.
14. dorfoz posted on 13 Jan 2012, 08:00 0 2
1 apple 4s vs 50 androids. Supply and demand .. Geez this is insane!! Lol
15. theBankRobber posted on 13 Jan 2012, 08:31 2 1
People will get it for free with a contract, then turn around and sell the phone with number and contract attached and make a profit. I don't blame apple for not trying to get ripped off .