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Hours before the iPhone 4S is set to go on sale in China, massive lines with thousands of people have formed outside of Apple's heavily trafficked retail stores.

Throngs of people gathered outside of Apple's stores in China were captured in pictures shared by Penn Olson on Thursday. China Unicom also began reminding its customers that the iPhone 4S will go on sale Friday at 12:01 a.m. local time with text messages.

The pictures show Apple's two stores in Beijing and three in Shanghai with hundreds of people lined up at each. Most of the stores have a ticketing system to help protect everyone's place.

Apple announced earlier this month that it would launch the iPhone 4S in China on Friday, Jan. 13, along with 21 other countries. The device will be sold through China Unicom, which remains Apple's only carrier partner in the nation of over one billion people.

As an added incentive for mobile customers, China Unicom is offering a heavy subsidy on the iPhone 4S at launch. Subscribers will be able to get Apple's newest smartphone model for free with a new multi-year service contract, and as little as $285 yuan ($45 U.S.) per month.




China has become a very important part of Apple's business with tremendous growth in a relatively short period of time. A year ago, Apple executives revealed that the company's retail stores in China were its most visited in the world, only three years after the company opened its first retail store in Beijing in 2008.
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Since Samsung can't copy this, they resort to making fun of it
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Since Samsung can't copy this, they resort to making fun of it

Does anyone have photos of people lining up for any Samsung product release?
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99% of these people are buying it to resale...
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Does anyone have photos of people lining up for any Samsung product release?

I think you misunderstood, that is the Samsung returns line...

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99% of these people are buying it to resale...

That's an incredibly inflated percentage.

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Apple is the most important company in the USA. Love to see people around the world admiring apple.
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That's an incredibly inflated percentage.

True! At least 10% of Apple products get shipped to Samsung HW for dissection.

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99% of these people are buying it to resale...

If your claim is true, that would mean Apple needs another 200 Apple Stores in China.
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If your claim is true, that would mean Apple needs another 200 Apple Stores in China.

What's the point in buying a newer phone for yourself, staying in a huge line, the phone that looks the same as the previous one (in the culture where image is everything), the phone with the main feature not even supporting the native languages of the country?

There is none. You just get iPhone-4 instead.
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That's an incredibly inflated percentage.

92.3% of statistics are made up on the spot.
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What's the point in buying a newer phone for yourself, staying in a huge line, the phone that looks the same as the previous one (in the culture where image is everything), the phone with the main feature not even supporting the native languages of the country?

There is none. You just get iPhone-4 instead.

Everything but the case design was significantly updated.

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3 words: GET A LIFE!!
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3 words: GET A LIFE!!

Who?

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Fanboys. They are all fanboys. Anyone who like and buy an Apple product is a fanboy
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Who?

Pause.....(Hint: the thousands of people in the pictures)
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Pause.....(Hint: the thousands of people in the pictures)

Ah, so we can just ignore you, then. Okay.

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If your claim is true, that would mean Apple needs another 200 Apple Stores in China.

Not sure about 200, but they sure need a lot more. The demand is huge in China, but the way those people got the iphones is very inefficient. Basically, people in China produced the iphones, then shipped to US to sell, then bought by people who'd then ship back to China and sell at a higher price. If Apple could just meet the demand in China through stores in China, that'd be great for Apple because more people would be able to get them without all this hassle and wasted resources.
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Fanboys. They are all fanboys. Anyone who like and buy an Apple product is a fanboy

i like and buy an Apple product and i'm happy to be called a fanboy.
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What's the point in buying a newer phone for yourself, staying in a huge line, the phone that looks the same as the previous one (in the culture where image is everything), the phone with the main feature not even supporting the native languages of the country?

There is none. You just get iPhone-4 instead.

A lot of people did not have a chance to buy the iPhone 4 in China. Whether it is the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S, they are still willing to lineup for the phone.
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Apple is the most important company in the USA.

lol, no they are not.

And so far you are the only person I've seen even on this site suggest such a thing.
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What the pics don't show is that the line ends at the Foxconn plant exit.

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Fanboys. They are all fanboys. Anyone who like and buy an Apple product is a fanboy

Of course ...why would you purchase and apple product if you didn't like it.
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Of course ...why would you purchase and apple product if you didn't like it.

Eh, to be fair Fanboys are different than simply consumers...or even people who really like Apple tech and design.
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3 words: GET A LIFE!!

Right you don't have a life without an apple product.
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And FYI, while I've commented readily on my lack of understanding for queuing for a product...for a free iPhone 4S with a $45 a month full plan you can bet your ass I'd be in line too.

I'd be the tall black guy in the photo.
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Since Samsung can't copy this, they resort to making fun of it

Why not, they copy everything else.
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i like and buy an Apple product and i'm happy to be called a fanboy.

Exactly! We need to "own" the "fanboy" title. What does it say about the competition that they don't have "fanboys?"

Why should anyone be ashamed of enthusiasm for a company that disrupts markets through innovation, fantastic customer service, superior design and a compelling user experience? You shouldn't be ashamed!
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What's the point in buying a newer phone for yourself, staying in a huge line, the phone that looks the same as the previous one (in the culture where image is everything), the phone with the main feature not even supporting the native languages of the country?

There is none. You just get iPhone-4 instead.

Well aren't you the genius we should all be listening to. How wrong could you possibly be? Try to get yourself a good education... The 4s will soon have mandarin support for Siri so that is a non-issue. Further, the 4s has significantly faster processing power, a much better camera (something used frequently here in China as it is elsewhere in the world), a redesigned antenna for better reception, etc. So just because it has the same form factor, doesn't matter one single bit, even here in China. Do you think people in China have stopped buying Porches, BMW's or Mercedes just because they look like last year's model? Moronic posts are not really welcome here, but they make for a good laugh.
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Apple is the most important company in the USA.

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lol, no they are not.

And so far you are the only person I've seen even on this site suggest such a thing.

I beg to differ with you but YES they are. My retirement fund tells me so... And name one other US company that has has such a huge impact around the world.
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right because u know that for a fact right..
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Apple is the most important company in the USA.



I beg to differ with you but YES they are. My retirement fund tells me so... And name one other US company that has has such a huge impact around the world.

Are you serious right now? How about you tell me what you gauge importance with. Because seems by your standards McDonald's can be called important as well.

Popularity doesn't necessitate importance. Apple isn't important...or at least to the point of being qualified as "most important"

That's absurd...so let me know what criteria it takes for something to be important.
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right because u know that for a fact right..

Quoting posts helps to put your responses into the proper context.

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Apple isn't important...or at least to the point of being qualified as "most important"

Samsung Electronics would be out of business if not for Apple's engineering efforts.

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Samsung Electronics would be out of business if not for Apple's engineering efforts.

lol..
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Originally Posted by Drax7
Apple is the most important company in the USA.


I beg to differ with you but YES they are. My retirement fund tells me so... And name one other US company that has has such a huge impact around the world.


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No personal attacks, please.

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lol, no they are not.

And so far you are the only person I've seen even on this site suggest such a thing.

Let me throw my name into the mix. I agree with the original poster.

What is your pick?
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