Apple’s own Apple Store iPhone app has had a major update this week, to Version 2.0. The two most notable additions in this update are the new Personal Pickup and EasyPay features.
Personal Pickup lets you make a purchase within the app and the pick it up at any Apple retail store – with most in-stock orders said to be available for pickup within an hour. (in the US only)
EasyPay – which I think has been dubbed EZTheft by some Apple store employees – lets you buy a select range of accessories in-store by scanning their barcodes and carrying out the transaction within the app. This one is also US only and requires an iPhone 4 or 4S.
Here are the remaining items on the change list for Apple Store 2.0:
– Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders from the order status section in the More tab.
– Additional international support (Canada, China).
– Requires iOS 4.2 or higher
This is one of the small handful of iPhone apps that I find useful to keep installed on my iPad. It doesn’t rotate or work in landscape mode, but it works fine in portrait and given the purpose of the app I’m not worried about running it in less-sharp 2X mode.
Here in Austin our two local Apple stores are increasingly packed with customers just about any time you visit them – so the two headline features in this update look like very useful ones to me.
Here’s an App Store link for the Apple Store app; it’s a free app of course.