A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai

 
A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai
A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store in the financial area of Pudong during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. The sign reads, "Queue here if you have bought online a contract-free iPhone 5." REUTERS/Carlos Barria