SWAT Teams Break Up iPhone 4S Launch Chaos In Beijing

SWAT Teams Break Up iPhone 4S Launch Chaos In Beijing

The iPhone 4S is set to finally launch in China tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped the locals from lining up early to secure access to the coveted handset. The line for Apple’s flagship store in Beijing has gotten so out of control that Apple may have to cancel the launch there altogether.

Reports are coming in that Beijing SWAT teams have already been called in to handle thousands of angry scalpers and potential customers. There have reportedly been fights in the streets between gangs of professional scalpers that buy Apple devices in bulk to then resell at a higher price.

AppleInsider:

One journalist on location in Beijing claimed that Apple had canceled the launch because fights had broken out during the night, while some crowd members claimed Apple would take orders for the iPhone 4S at the store on Friday without distributing the devices.

Groups of professional line-waiters and scalpers could be seen congregating outside the store early Friday. As the 7AM launch time came and went without Apple opening its doors, a number of them became disgruntled. Shouts of “Open the door!” rang periodically rang throughout the crowd. At one point, a group of unhappy line-waiters left shouting profanities at Apple. Several individuals were forcefully escorted away by security officials, though it was not immediately clear why they were being removed.

M.I.C Gadget is also reporting from the scene:

Lines outside the Apple store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district show no signs of shortening, causing frustration for the thousands of fans and scalpers desperate to get their hands on the iPhone 4S. Now some of that disappointment is turning to anger, with reports of fights breaking out between gangs of scalpers, and guess what, Beijing SWAT teams arrived. So, the Apple store employees later announced that the launch of iPhone 4S is cancelled at the Apple’s flagship store in Beijing, and all scalpers are pissed.

Bloomberg claims that people are egging the Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing because of the launch delay. Apparently another store in Shanghai has already opened to the public and is selling the 4S.

China Unicom is offering the iPhone 4S for free with a carrier contract. Demand for new devices has always been strong, but, unfortunately, riots are nothing new for Apple product launches in China.

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  • Gregz0r1

    Samsung would literally kill, to guarantee that kind of demand.

  • kyle_gibson

    Asians and their obsessent fixture over inferior products….

  • kyle_gibson

    atleast they wouldnt sue.

  • CaveMan5464

    They sure would. But if you think about it, every company in the world would love to have turnouts like this for anything they sell.
    PS thx for not feeding the troll! :-)

  • sir1jaguar

    Istupid, you dont know that if apple sell a lot of their products – samsung also makes money? (every single products of APPLE have samsung parts and components)

    But if samsung makes money on their products, apple will not make any single cents…

  • AdamC

    Funny thing is these inferiors products are also obsessed by the west.

    I wonder who made these inferior products which the tech pundits praised.

  • George Christianson

    inferior to what ? Android can only go where Apple has already been. Asians are the new white and you ppl are living in the past

  • kyle_gibson

    tuchet. although we havnt gone so far as to riot over it. which was my point. but no theyre not inferior products. just over hyped and over priced for what you get in my opinion. theyre good quality products, well built, even if they do break relatively easy (compareble to  a german luxury car i suppose), theyrE pretty and have… adequate enough technical specs, and in apples words, elegantly simple. but for someone with an attention span as small as mine, i just need a more engaging and interesting os. i loved my iphone for the 9 months that i had it but when it broke and i had to get a new phone i was honestly happy.)

  • kyle_gibson

    now calm down i was only exagerating. but as foryoure comment,  android has never been on the same path as ios unless you count the grid style ui which is used by almost every recognizablde os today. When was the last time apple supported open source and ENCOURAGED outside developement  on their software? they wouldnt if your were dying.

  • Sean Smith

    You mean like how Google allows people to contribute directly to Android source code? Oh wait, that’s right… they still do it all internally.

  • Sean Smith

    I’m assuming you meant Samsung wouldn’t sue by your comment. Do you have a pair of blinders on? There have been plenty of stories of Samsung trying to sue and block Apple from selling new products in places like Italy, Germany and Korea.

  • kyle_gibson

    like how android 4.0 is largly based on consumer suggestions, and how they release their source code in the first place fpr devs to disect and make our own personalized versions of the software.

  • kyle_gibson

    obviously following the patent war started by apple.

  • Martin Hill

    No it was started by Nokia. They sued Apple first.

  • kyle_gibson

    i mean the war between apple and samsung. abd i wouldnt consider nokia the one who started all this litigation. not in the publics eyes at least. they may have been the first but they werent the ones who grabbed the attention.

  • kyle_gibson

    ill admit that samsung way obviously at the very least immitating ios with their touchwiz ui. (i dont like it anyway, and theyre doing better with their latest version) but the hardware claims and the means of which the apple legal team get at samsung are rediculous. have you heard the statement they gave samsung suggesting what they should do in order to avoid further legal troubles with apple? complete trash. they essentially told samsung to stop competing in the same markets as apple.

  • Martin Hill

    Apple and open source ey?

    Well let’s see: webkit, CUPS, Bonjour/zeroconf, apache, Launch, BSD, Darwin, Darwin Streaming Server, HTML5, etc etc etc.

    Go to apple.com/opensource to see the 200+ open source projects that Apple uses, created and/or contributes to.

  • Martin Hill

    That’s just a minor series of battles. The Patent War is rampant between all the big smartphone manufacturers and Nokia did indeed fire the first salvo.

    What has “not in the public’s eyes at least” got to do with the truth? It is the truth you are trying to present I hope?

  • kyle_gibson

    they showed how you can be different, not successful. last time i checked wp7 market share was sitll in the single didgets. ( which was a while ago so dont chew me out if im wrong at this point.) now your claims that google copied ios’ ui i completely disagree. a grid style ui is used by almost every recognizable os these days. this issue has already been dealt with back in the 90′s with microsoft vs apple. h)

  • Martin Hill

    And that makes it ok how exactly? Nokia tried to extort higher than FRAND license fees on standards patents against Apple and failed. Does that make them any less culpable?

  • kyle_gibson

    Its a major series of battles. when people think of the patent wars they generallly dont think of nokia vs apple or htc vs applr or anything else other than samsung vs apple. thats where most of the attention is placed and thats where all the resentment exists.

  • Martin Hill

    That is only your perception. The fact is that patent battles between Oracle, Google, Motorola, Apple, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, RIM, Microsoft, Kodak and any number of patent trolls are concurrent no matter what particular slant you may be getting from your selection of media.

  • Jonny whinna

    I live in Beijing and it’s not really surprising to hear of this.  I was a the Xidan Joy City store last night grabbing some dinner and there was a “line” outside the store.  The thing is, Chinese folks are not known for their queueing abilities.  It does not surprise me in the least to hear that there are problems here

  • kyle_gibson

    Hmm interesting. im gonna have to take your word for that. i didnt know that. but part of my Arguement still stands. its already been determined with microsoft vs apple (highly paraphrasing) that you cannot patent a user interface in the manner that they were attempting. just like how ios’ new drop down notification bar was very clearly “inspired’ by a preveious feature of a certain other os. *ahem..* it wasnt patented. so even if androids ui was completely and utterly copied from ios it was done completely legally and the two paths the os’s have taken since the beginning are completely different. if they are so similar then why is  “it’s too complicated” a leading argument against android? Perhaps ios was the first to have a decent touchscreen and ui on a smartphone. When your innovating and competing your exclusivity on a major feature such as a that can only last so long. The smartphone/tablet markets are not God’s gift to Apple. As far as picking out a galaxy tab and ipad is concerned, they’ve got to be blind, because I can assure you, anyone who owns an ipad or galaxy tab can pick out their own device from 8 feet away.

  • kyle_gibson

    Yes, but “who started” the patent wars IS subjective. and Most people would say Apple vs samsung. You could say the day that apple sued microsoft over their os’ was the day that litigation between software and operarting systems, and untimately the patent wars between smartphone manufacturers, truely began. 

  • kyle_gibson

    although the drop down notification bar could very well have been patentable. Google just doesnt.

  • kyle_gibson

    Another thing to note, my mother confused the ugliest, fattest toshiba tablet with an ipad. My point is the people who actually CARE about all this are the people who can decipher between devices. those who dont, not so much.

  • Martin Hill

    Except for the fact that Apple vs MS occurred almost 2 decades ago regarding desktop computer user interfaces while Nokia launched its assault in 2009 and again in 2011 against the iPhone. Apple v Samsung is also over the iPhone (and also the iPad)

    Your argument is like saying the Crimean War was part of World War I just because Britain was involved in both.

    Nokia v Apple and Apple v Samsung are both very obviously conflicts between individual companies in the much wider SmartPhone World War which also involves HTC, Oracle, Google, Motorola, RIM, Kodak and others as I mentioned.

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen. And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it? And no my mother doesn’t matter at all in these patent wars but that wasn’t my point.

  • kyle_gibson

    Yeah, i realize my statement was a bit outlandish. that was the point. But not that crazy. Apple vs MC is much more comparable to Apple vs samsung. theyre both disputes over software interfaces. there’s no such correspondence with the crimean war and ww1, but thankyou for your history lession. truely enlightening. 

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen. And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it? And no my mother doesn’t matter at all in these patent wars but that wasn’t my point.

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen. And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it? And no my mother doesn’t matter at all in these patent wars but that wasn’t my point.

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen. And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it? And no my mother doesn’t matter at all in these patent wars but that wasn’t my point.

  • kyle_gibson

    And responding with “On your period today Kyle? Is his that Kylie? Hmmm” is not a proper way to speak, even if a troll does poke is ugly little head into an article. ;)

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen. And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it?

  • kyle_gibson

    And Im familiar with the 2 cydia apps. I had atleast one of them back when I had a jb iphone 4. Though if I remember correctly lockinfo and intelliscreen were  notification interfaces for the lock screen. Not a pull down tab. I think SB settings would be a more comparable feature but even that wasnt a *notification* screen, it was for settings.   As far as innovation goes, these days it’s mostly hardware related. Which you have got to admit android’s ahead in that sector. I mean, the 4×4 grid style ui is perfectly fine why change it? And no my mother doesn’t matter at all in these patent wars but that wasn’t my point.

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen.

  • kyle_gibson

    Nor do I. You dont win an arguement with condescendence. Im a troll, yes. But I atleast try to go about it somewhat tastefully. Im obviously a fan of android but im trying to get both sides of the story regarding the fanboy/patent wars, as well as promote my side to an audience who would otherwise never read a phandroid.com article in their life. Hence, I added this sites news widget on my phones homescreen.

  • kyle_gibson

    well, i suppose i should have said samsung, motorola, or htc regarding hardware. but the fact of the matter is it all revolves around android, because android requires powerful hardware to get a smooth,  iphone like experience. dual-core 800-1000 mhz proccessor vs dual-core 1.5 ghz proccessor? 4.65 inch super amoled advanced plus screen vs 3.5 retina? the fact that i can drop my phone about a million more times than an iphone with out it breaking? :) cant argue that. And before you say it, yeah i know the average consumer doesnt care about specs, but we’re fanboys. we care about specs and thats what matters.

  • kyle_gibson

    innovation none the less. which was my point. You seem to think im attacking ios. which im not. im attempting to defend my own. proactively, be that as it may. anyway, this conversation is mostly over. So i bid you goodnight sir. -PS  if a shit ton of comments pop up later most of them were accidents. (disqus nazis trying to moderate me) 

  • Ed Smith

    Stop embarrassing yourself with bogus history you make up yourself.

  • Ed Smith

    Which “people”? I think you mean yourself. 

  • Ed Smith

    You just keep getting deeper and deeper while trying to justify your original post. Give it up … it’s obvious you don’t know the history.

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