SHANGHAI Jan 13 Apple Inc said
on Friday it will stop selling its latest iPhone in its retail
stores in Beijing and Shanghai to ensure the safety of its
customers and employees.
The iPhone 4S, which went on sale early Friday, caused a
near-riot in one of Apple's Beijing retail stores.
"The demand for iPhone 4S has been incredible and our stores
in China have already sold out," an Apple spokeswoman said.
"Unfortunately, we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun
due to the large crowd. And to ensure the safety of our
customers and our employees, iPhones will not be available in
our retails stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being,"
Customers will still be able to order the smartphone online
or purchase it through Apple's partner in China, China Unicom