It is just over 8 hours before the iPhone 4S officially lands in China and huge lines already starting to form outside of Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai. The image below is from Instagram user Sanverde who noted he snapped the shot outside an Apple Store in Sanlitun Village, Beijing less than an hour ago. As you can see from the image above, posted by Twitter user Alexander Galimberti on Jan. 10, Beijing line sitters started showing up for tonight’s launch days in advance.
China Unicom, the only carrier currently offering the iPhone 4S, does not currently accept pre-orders, but it will be offering the 16GB and 32GB models free on two- and three-year agreements. China Telecom, the nation’s third largest mobile carrier, is also expected to offer the iPhone in the future. The device recently received necessary approval from the China Radio Management agency for use on its CDMA network.
Check out the most recent shot of the lines outside the Sanlitun Village, Beijing Apple Store below. We will be updating with more shots, so email your photographs of the lines to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.