updated 09:30 am EDT, Sat September 25, 2010
1000 customers queue at new Beijing store
Apple has enjoyed a huge surge of interest in its iPhone 4 in China. At least one thousand customers lined up at the new Beijing store, with some up to two days before the official launch. They joined 50,000 customers who have already pre-ordered the handset, and does not include the scores who have already obtained one through the booming black market trade in iPhone 4's leading up to the local launch.
Last year's launch of the iPhone 3GS was greeted with less interest, partially because Apple was forced to hobble the device by removing its Wi-Fi capabilities at the behest of the Chinese government. The greater public interest in this year's launch could also stem from the sharper pricing of the new model. Compared to the pricing of $1033 in 2009 for a contract-free 32GB iPhone 3GS, the 32GB iPhone 4 is now retailing for $893. [via Fortune]