Chinese shoppers pelted Apple 's Beijing store with
eggs and shoving matches broke out with police on
Friday when customers were told the store would not
begin sales of the iPhone 4S as scheduled.
Apple said later after the fracas at its store in
Beijing's trendy Sanlitun district that it would halt
all retail sales of the latest iPhone in China for the
time being, but said the phones would be available
online, through its partner China Unicom or at
official Apple resellers.
An announcer told the Sanlitun store crowd around 7
a.m., before sunrise, that the phones would not go on
sale as planned and that they should leave. As the
crowd became more unruly, scuffles broke out between
security staff and shoppers, many of whom had waited
overnight. Police moved in and dragged some people