Beijing: The introduction of the Apple iPhone 4S in Beijing turned hideous on Friday morning when Apple failed to open its flagship store, and an annoyed crowd reacted by pelting the store’s luminous glass walls with eggs.
Apple said in a statement that it had momentarily suspended sales of all iPhones at its five mainland China’s stores out of anxiety for the safety of customers and employees. The phones will still be offered online, through Apple’s official partner, Unicom, and at authorized resellers. The statement did not say when Apple stores would continue selling the iPhone 4S.
The crowd of over 1,000 people who gathered outside the store on Friday in the Sanlitun district of Beijing included organized teams of traveler workers, specific by matching armbands or hats. Some of the migrant workers said that they were bussed in and promised payment of 100 renminbi, or concerning $16, for purchasing a phone.
It was the second time in not more than a year that the Sanlitun store had been forced to close momentarily while trying to offer a latest product. In May, four people were injured and a glass door was smashed when a crowd waiting to buy the iPad 2 turned riotous, according to China Daily.
At Apple’s other Beijing store and three stores in Shanghai, the iPhone 4S sold out swiftly, leaving some disappointed, but with no reports of incidents.
Last week, chief executive of Apple, Timothy D. Cook said that “customer response to our products in China has been off the charts.”