Today, Apple’s popular iPhone 5 officially goes on sale in mainland China, and both China Unicom and China Telecom also start offering the iPhone 5 to customers. If you’re thinking iPhone 5’s launch in China will draw hundreds to thousands of Chinese Apple fans at Apple Stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, well, it’s not happening at all. Unlike during the iPhone 4S launch which also happened on a Friday this year during January, no long queues were formed outside the Apple Inc. stores in mainland China, to get a glimpse of the thinner, lighter, faster and better iPhone 5. No one camped outside the stores during the night, and perhaps Apple is happy to see no scuffles breaking out between security and shoppers today. We have videos and photos in this article to show you the death of Apple in China.
Pre-orders for the iPad mini went live at 3 in the afternoon and they seemingly went like hotcakes. Just within two minutes, all the iPad mini’s pre-orders were sold out on Apple Online Store in Hong Kong. How is this suppose to sell out within just a few minutes? It is unreasonable. Hong Kong seems to be a special case while Apple is still accepting pre-orders in other countries. What happen with Hong Kong Apple online store?
Update: Hong Kong is the latest region that Apple starts accepting pre-orders of iPad Mini. Pre-order an iPad mini here.
A few hundreds people gathered amid tight security outside Hong Kong’s Apple Store yesterday as they awaited their chance to buy the new iPhone 5. Several hundred Apple fans have queued up early in Hong Kong to collect their latest Apple’s gadget. The atmosphere was orderly with less exhilaration. More than a dozen security guards were on hand, and the store had pre-empted the possibility of an overly large crowd forming by making the iPhone 5 available only to people who had made online reservations, with a limit of two per person. But that didn’t stop other Hong Kong residents and grey market traders from scrambling to get the latest iPhone 5 …
Previously, we have reported Apple’s plans of expansion for their retail stores in China. Apple is considering to open up new stores at Southern part of China and Shengzhen Apple store might be the first one to come. The location for the upcoming Shenzhen Apple store has been officially disclosed. We pinned the location down to Yitian Holiday Plaza at Nanshan district of Shenzhen, and Apple logo has finally shown up on the construction barriers. Yitian Plaza is a very grand shopping mall in Shenzhen, many rich people live around there so the demographics are good for high end retailers. It has hundreds of shops, cinema, restaurants and a ice-skating rink in it. Across the street, there is a fantastic replica theme park known as ‘Window of the World’. Click in to see more details and photo on the construction of the store.
Alight, it looks like Apple continues to work to deter scalpers and lineups in China. Apple is sticking to a recent reservation system for the China launch of the new iPad. According to Apple’s website, shoppers will be able to register starting the morning of the 19th local time, and pick up an iPad the next day at the retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai. Unfortunately, Apple only accept a limited amount of reservations each day, and customers who fail to receive one will have to try again another day. Yeah, it’s a lottery again.
In 2010, Apple announced a plan of opening 25 stores in China by the end of 2012. Today, Apple has five retail stores in China, two in Beijing, three in Shanghai, but none in South China region where major cities such as Shenzhen and Chengdu are located. Since there are always huge crowds gathering outside the China Apple stores, Apple definitely need more points of sale in the country to disperse the crowds (especially scalpers). After running through our contacts, we have found several sites in South China region that Apple real estate is bargaining for or has signed for. Interested? Read on ~
The new iPad is expected to hit shelves of stores in Hong Kong on March 16. As China is not among the first countries on the schedule, Chinese scalpers are gearing up to make a fortune from mark-ups on new iPads bought from Hong Kong and brought to China. However, things are a little different at the Apple Store in Hong Kong. While we might expect to see long lines, Apple is warning customers not to bother lining up for launch of the new iPad at its retail store in Hong Kong. Here’s the deal: If you want to buy the new iPad in Hong Kong, you might have to enter a lottery to win the chance to buy it. Scalpers are pissed.
Previously, Hong Kong was gripped by iPhone 4S fever as more than 1,000 fans and scalpers queued outside the Apple store to buy Apple’s latest smartphone. In order to stop the incidents of repeated violence over sales of the iPhone 4S, Apple has recently implemented a new system to fight those pesky scalpers, and the new system makes the scalping business very difficult.
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.
UPDATE: More info, photos, and video.
Herman Lai contributed to this report.
OMFG. Huge lines for the iPhone 4S are seen at all five Apple stores in China, and in the Beijing Apple store, we see hundreds of queuers with red caps getting ready to buy the iPhone 4S to resell later at a profit. A lot of photos and video after the break.
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