A typical Apple launch in the states looks something like this:
Usually just some people sitting on folding chairs talking with other Apple fans.
We're not sure what a launch is like in China, but it's never made the news before, so we imagine it's uneventful, until now. These days, it looks more like Black Friday here in the US. Here on my side of the world, people become idiots the day after Thanksgiving.
Yeah, we know how to bumrush Target and Wal-Mart when there's a sale. Still, for all the bad news about China's iPad 2 release, it doesn't look as bad as we heard. Reuters got some great pictures.
Nothing major here, just some people waiting in line. They seem pretty chill.
People are checking out the iPad 2, they seem interested and calm
Here's the same dude and his wife. They're cool. Looks like they're considering buying an iPad 2. The girl behind them is picking a wedgie out. No one in danger there. Everyone is still happy.
It's that same dude. Looks like he's serious about picking up that iPad.
Looks like the Apple Store I want to in Washington DC. Training with a bunch of people sitting watching the Apple employee show them how it works. Such a friendly place.
Well, there were a few injuries. Some were just folks who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It's a shame that those people have to get hurt. Especially when you learn that a scalper was blamed for all the chaos.
From the pictures it's unclear whether this was the scalper, but the news is that a scalper cut in line and caused a bunch of craziness. Then an Apple Store employee kicked his arse.
The White iPhone 4? According to the Wall Street Journal, that was a different story. People in line get into fights, again with Apple Store employees.
This dude got hurt, but he was lucky enough to walk away. Wall Street Journal reported that at least four people were hospitalized. However, they blamed the White iPhone 4 launch. Still, what is it with all these people getting into fights with Apple Store employees?
Over here, people punch Apple Geniuses, according to this image from Gizmodo.
At iSmashPhone HQ, this is what the iPad 2 launch looks like:
Apple's webstore with the mouse over the reload button.