Police arrested three people on Monday morning after a fight broke out at the Apple Store on Broadway in New Haven, Connecticut, while the customers waited in line.
More than a dozen people began arguing about their position in line at the 65 Broadway location, and when police arrived around 9:55 a.m., there were some people with bumps and bruises as a result of an altercation. One man suffered a cut on his forehead and was treated and released from an area hospital.
Police have not released the names of the people who were arrested. They were charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with police and/or breach of peace and have been issued court summonses.
Apple released its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cell phones on Friday. The New Haven store was selling the phones without contracts for $1,000, according to police.
New Haven Police said Monday's call wasn't the first they've responded to at the Apple Store since the new iPhone was released. They said the problems appear to surround two rival groups looking to resell the phones in China for a significant mark up, somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.
The phones are in high demand and are scarce in China right now, where the phones have not gone on sale yet due to regulatory issues, www.nasdaq.com reported, citing Chinese state media. That has prompted phone smuggling attempts in the country, including some "tussles" in Hong Kong near stores selling the iPhone 6, and scalpers have been able to resell the phones for as much as double the retail price.
Last fall, two people were arrested at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, and one man was found beaten unconscious while waiting for the iPhone 5s and 5c release. A similar incident occurred at the same store in 2012.