By JILL REILLY
Crowd control: A man yells at a security guard after the guard tried to remove a member of the crowd at the Apple store in Beijing after the launch of the iPhone 4S was cancelled due to concerns over the size of the crowd
Apple always want a reaction when one of their new products launch, although they probably weren't hoping for the angry scenes which erupted in China today.
Frustrated customers threw eggs at Apple's flagship Beijing store after its opening for the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4S was cancelled due to concerns over the size of the crowd.
Apple reacted to the scuffle by postponing iPhone 4S sales in its mainland China stores to protect the safety of customers and employees.
Long wait: About 2,000 people turned up to the launch but the crowd erupted after the store failed to open on schedule at 7am and an Apple employee announced that their stock was finished
Chaos: Police struggle to hold back the hordes of people who had turned out for the launch
It said the phone will still be sold online and through its local carrier.
Customers including migrant workers hired by touts in teams of 20 to 30 to buy iPhones for resale at a mark-up to Chinese gadget fans waited overnight in freezing weather at the Apple store in Beijing's eastern Sanlitun district.
The crowd erupted after the store failed to open on schedule at 7am.
Some threw eggs and shouted at employees through the windows.
People in the crowds were restrained and one lady was seen being dragged away by police after apparently refusing to leave the Apple store
A person with a megaphone announced the sale was cancelled. Police ordered the crowd to leave and sealed off the area with yellow tape.
Employees posted a sign saying the iPhone 4S was out of stock.
'We were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd and, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being,' said Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu.
Injured: A lady who was in the crowd was taken by medical staff to an ambulance on a stretcher
Apple's iPhones are hugely popular in China and stores are mobbed for the release of new products.
iPhones are manufactured in China by an Apple contractor but new models are released in other countries first.
That has helped to fuel a thriving 'grey market' in China for phones smuggled in from Hong Kong and other markets.
Closed: Police ordered the crowd to leave and sealed off the area with yellow tape