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 with a bullhorn 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 in freezing weather. Police moved in and dragged some people away. Photos appeared on the Chinese blogosphere of a man who had brought raw eggs in a plastic bag, handing them out before people heaved them at the store’s tall glass windows.
“We’re suffering from cold and hunger,” a man in his 20s shouted to Reuters Television. “They said they’re not going to sell to us. Why? Why?” (Photo: Feng Li/Getty Images)
For 50 years, British artist David Hockney has crafted vibrant, influential pictures out of everything from Polaroid photographs to Xerox photocopies. Now, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is showcasing Hockney’s latest technical foray: sketches on the iPhone and iPad. With only a few weeks left to go before the groundbreaking exhibition leaves Toronto, the 74-year-old tells Leah Sandals what those shiny new technologies can (and can’t) do for art.
Thousands queue for Jobs’ last iPhone Apple Inc’s new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe on Friday, prompting thousands to queue around city blocks to snap up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs’ life.
Queues wound down the street in Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris and Munich as fans gathered to get their hands on the iPhone 4S, ahead of later store sales in North America.
“I am a fan, a big fan. I want something to remember Steve Jobs by,” said Haruko Shiraishi, waiting patiently with her Yorkshire terrier Miu Miu at the end of an eight block queue in Tokyo’s smart Ginza shopping district. (Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
Steve Jobs: A visionary for the people Over the coming days and weeks, there will be much talk about the legacy of a man who created some of the most breathtakingly beautiful technology in the world, and the understated genius who unveiled it all while wearing blue jeans, black turtlenecks and sneakers. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
iPhone 4S announcement disappoints Expecting a giant leap forward, fans of Apple Inc. have had to settle for one small step. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company fell as much as 5% in Tuesday afternoon trading on the Nasdaq after chief executive Tim Cook unveiled an updated version of the 15 month-old iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. The stock had mostly recovered by market close and was down 0.56% for the day.