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iPhone 4S launches in China, Jeep Rubicon Police Car protects Apple Store

Published on January 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

The Apple iPhone 4S was officially launched in China last Friday. Thousands of iPhone-hungry people stormed the Apple Store in the Sanlitun area. I was dark, it was cold and the wait was long. There was a lot of police was around to make sure things remained harmonious. They brought one new vehicle: this very impressive Jeep Rubicon police car, sure big enough to crush iPhone-freaks if things got outta hand. Now, a few pics from the hell closer to the Apple Store:

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Apple store on the right.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

“We don’t want no Lenovo telephone!”

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Massive police presence is not without reason, when things get outta hand in China they go outta hand big time. I once witnessed a big fight inside the Apple Store when the iPhone 3 was launched, at least ten persons where involved. Windows, furniture and computers where smashed before police arrived and arrested some 20 people.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

The square in front of the store. Several Volkswagen Santana Variant police cars, one Ford Transit police car, one Zhengzhou-Nissan police car.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Two Transits trying to kiss. Fail.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

A closer look at the iPhone-freaks.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Chinese consumers still remember how to wait in line; ah those good old Communist days are back!

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

A Fiat Ducato-based command & control car.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Back-up team. Fiat Ducato and Hyundai Sonata police cars.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Ford Transit, Hyundai Tucson.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Things got quiet around midnight. Average waiting-time: 4 hours.

Apple iPhone 4S launch at the Apple Store Beijing

Got it…

Pics via: it168.com.

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  1. Hanzel- January 16, 2012 Reply

    Rubicon, a bad-ass police car…

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