Friday, January 13, 2012

Apple's egged

The launch of the iPhone 4S was so eagerly awaited in China that people queued overnight, shivering in -9 degrees Celsius, outside the Apple shop in Beijing which was opening early at 7am. At 7.15am the doors were still shut. "Open up!" the people shouted. An announcement was made by megaphone: "The iPhone 4S will not go on sale today!" with no further explanation. The furious crowd pelted the shop with eggs and it had to remain closed all day for safety reasons. Resellers had hired around 60 migrant workers to queue on their behalf for $19 and they were not paid for the 12 hour wait for nothing.
Meanwhile in Shanghai, people were told that the Apple shop would open at 7am but in fact they'd sold out of the 4S by 6am.


Anonymous kinglear said...

tech aspiration mania is no different from any other mania....

3:14 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

How hugely disappointing, I do sympathise with them all - especially as a proud owner of the 4S iPhone.

8:58 pm  

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