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MacRumors
May 22, 2011, 10:50 PM
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In line with our report (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/21/apple-to-update-apple-store-ios-app-with-full-build-to-order-mac-customization-options/) from several days ago, Apple today updated its Apple Store application for iOS devices [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/id375380948?mt=8)] with new support for build-to-order Mac customizations. The update also brings enhanced in-store capabilities to go along with other changes (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/21/apple-revamps-retail-stores-with-interactive-ipad-displays/) to the company's retail stores.What's new

- Enhanced in-store mode lets you get help and support quickly when you're at an Apple Retail Store.
- The ability to custom-configure a new Mac with the options you want.The Apple Store application is also now rolling out in a number of European countries. The app had been exclusive to the United States until today's update.

Unfortunately for iPad users, the Apple Store application is not yet universal and thus offers only a single view optimized for the screen size of the iPhone and iPod touch, although the app of course works on the iPad as well.

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Article Link: Apple Revamps 'Apple Store' iOS App With Custom Mac Configurations, Enhanced In-Store Mode (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/22/apple-revamps-apple-store-ios-app-with-custom-mac-configurations-enhanced-in-store-mode/)



YourHerojb
May 22, 2011, 10:52 PM
I will have to check this out sometime soon.

ThemacNub
May 22, 2011, 10:52 PM
Cool

kjjnk
May 22, 2011, 10:54 PM
Still not universal? :confused:

W1MRK
May 22, 2011, 10:56 PM
Nice option but I walked out of the apple store in Deer Park IL and walked across the street to Best Buy to buy my iMac. I waited 45 min for a "specialist" while all I wanted was a cashier. I used the iMac in the store to find the stock across the street and went over.

I can see the waiting list as being a deterrent for people to stay around even if you can reserve.

Just my opinion. I do like the improvements though

Mike

brettryan
May 22, 2011, 11:06 PM
The app store is all good, but when will it be available internationally? I've been waiting for this one.

AidenShaw
May 22, 2011, 11:08 PM
Nice option but I walked out of the apple store in Deer Park IL and walked across the street to Best Buy to buy my iMac. I waited 45 min for a "specialist" while all I wanted was a cashier. I used the iMac in the store to find the stock across the street and went over.

I can see the waiting list as being a deterrent for people to stay around even if you can reserve.

Just my opinion. I do like the improvements though

Mike

Next upgrade will block you from accessing other ecommerce sites if you're inside an Apple store.

LwoodPDowd
May 22, 2011, 11:17 PM
$400 to jump from 4gig to 8 gig, when the 8gig can be bought for $100. :rolleyes:

http://imgur.com/H7oRL

snebes
May 22, 2011, 11:18 PM
Nice option but I walked out of the apple store in Deer Park IL and walked across the street to Best Buy to buy my iMac. I waited 45 min for a "specialist" while all I wanted was a cashier. I used the iMac in the store to find the stock across the street and went over.

I can see the waiting list as being a deterrent for people to stay around even if you can reserve.

Just my opinion. I do like the improvements though

Mike

Be sure to complain online about this store. Last time I wanted to pop in and buy a replacement keyboard, it took me 20 minutes of waiting at the Deer Park store. There were maybe only 10 people in there on a week-night, and all the employees were occupied by non-paying customers. (not sure what they were really doing, but only saw 1 person buying an iPad and he had a million questions it seemed). Plus there were others working, maybe on break, walking to and from the back, but in street clothes. They all (at least 3 different people) walked by me and looked at me.

I am glad that Apple added a "queue for specialist" that you can sign up for, as I hope this type of problem gets fixed.

It would be nice if there was a way to queue up when you are ready to be checked out. Perhaps at a counter or something, and an employee could be waiting for you, rather than the other way around. Perhaps it could be at the front of the store, near the exit, so people can leave afterward. </sarcasm>

retroneo
May 22, 2011, 11:28 PM
There are 10 Apple Stores in Australia.

This app doesn't work in Australia...

sesnir
May 22, 2011, 11:29 PM
It would be nice if there was a way to queue up when you are ready to be checked out.

Absolutely agree. Every time I've gone there to buy a new mac, I've had to practically beg someone to let me pay for it. Whenever I drop in just to browse, I get 2-3 specialists asking if I need help. :rolleyes:

I'd love to be able to queue for check out.

L. Ron Hoover
May 22, 2011, 11:37 PM
$400 for an 8 gig DDR3 1066 upgrade?!? :eek: That can't be right. Two 4gb 1066 DDR3 laptop SO-DIMMs retail for $80 a set. Heck, PNY has them for $57 after rebate and free shipping. That $400 can't be right, can it? :confused:

EDIT: It isn't right. Apple's website shows the upgrade at $200. The image is apparently a mock-up.

iGuardian
May 22, 2011, 11:37 PM
The app store is all good, but when will it be available internationally? I've been waiting for this one.

There are 10 Apple Stores in Australia.

This app doesn't work in Australia...

Doesn't work in Canada either :(

L. Ron Hoover
May 22, 2011, 11:48 PM
$400 for an 8 gig DDR3 1066 upgrade?!? :eek: That can't be right. Two 4gb 1066 DDR3 laptop SO-DIMMs retail for $80 a set. Heck, PNY has them for $57 after rebate and free shipping. That $400 can't be right, can it? :confused:

Actually, it's not true. The upgrade is $200 according to Apple's website. That image must be a mock-up. :o

3goldens
May 23, 2011, 12:23 AM
Who really cares?

MondayNgt
May 23, 2011, 12:44 AM
Who really cares?

Someone who cared enough to read the article and post a message on it, I would guess.

spillproof
May 23, 2011, 01:40 AM
I'm impressed by the new app compared to the old one. I wish images could be made bigger but, whatever.

Michael383
May 23, 2011, 01:46 AM
The ability to customize your new Mac from the iOS app is nice.

ThunderSkunk
May 23, 2011, 02:27 AM
iPad is the bastard child, again.


Facebook.
Skype.
Apples own In-Store App.
Calculator
Clock

Not as magical an an iPod touch.

rikscha
May 23, 2011, 02:40 AM
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iPad is the bastard child, again.


Facebook.
Skype.
Apples own In-Store App.
Calculator
Clock

Not as magical an an iPod touch.

Not to forget the weather and stocks app. I don't get it.

Snowy_River
May 23, 2011, 03:12 AM
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Not to forget the weather and stocks app. I don't get it.

Don't understand why the Apple Store app isn't available for the iPad, yet. But, frankly, I'm quite happy that the weather app isn't. If it were, I wouldn't have gone looking and I wouldn't have found WeatherBug, a vastly superior app for checking out the weather conditions...

bushido
May 23, 2011, 03:25 AM
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lol im more confused with 400$ for 8GB of DDR3 RAM. i got mine for 89€ xD crazy apple tax ...

edit: should have read the posts more carefully ^^ but 200$ still ...

melchiorsen
May 23, 2011, 03:26 AM
iPad is the bastard child, again.


Facebook.
Skype.
Apples own In-Store App.
Calculator
Clock

Not as magical an an iPod touch.

BTW when will the Android version of the app be available in Android Market?
Ohhh.... I see, the platform is too fragmented

Tha Professor
May 23, 2011, 03:36 AM
So, I can only see the number of people in the queue if in the actual store?? I would like to see it even from home, to know whether go to the store or not...

IvoAndre
May 23, 2011, 06:54 AM
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Is it available in Portugal App Store?

Dr-AL
May 23, 2011, 07:15 AM
The previous version of the app could be downloaded with a US account and used in other countries. The new update does require that the Apple ID currently in use by the iOS device be from the US as well now. Will downgrade the app so I can browse the Apple Store again and will wait for the international release... Maybe one day...


Sent from my iPhone

ciTiger
May 23, 2011, 07:22 AM
Too bad it's not available in my App Store...:rolleyes:

jayducharme
May 23, 2011, 07:55 AM
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Still not universal? :confused:

That was my thought as well. I'm baffled that Apple's own programmers can't release a universal app from the start, especially since iPad have become such a focus for the company.

I was at my local Apple store yesterday to get the iPad HDMI dongle (which works great, BTW). The store was mobbed, and in the past it was usually difficult to find someone to cash me out. But as soon as I had the connector in my hand, one of the specialists pointed me to another who then cashed me out. That was the quickest service I've ever gotten at an Apple store.

Biolizard
May 23, 2011, 08:40 AM
The previous version of the app could be downloaded with a US account and used in other countries. The new update does require that the Apple ID currently in use by the iOS device be from the US as well now. Will downgrade the app so I can browse the Apple Store again and will wait for the international release... Maybe one day...


Sent from my iPhone

I managed to download it from the UK App Store, but everything is in dollars (unlike the sample screens for the app in the iTunes store) and I can apparently get an iPhone 4 on Verizon or AT&T; though it at least shows my nearest Apple Stores in London correctly.

Dr-AL
May 23, 2011, 08:47 AM
I managed to download it from the UK App Store, but everything is in dollars (unlike the sample screens for the app in the iTunes store) and I can apparently get an iPhone 4 on Verizon or AT&T; though it at least shows my nearest Apple Stores in London correctly.

Try to order one. See if you get approved for an AT&T account with a UK address.

Sent from my iPhone

Frosticus
May 23, 2011, 09:55 AM
The previous version of the app could be downloaded with a US account and used in other countries. The new update does require that the Apple ID currently in use by the iOS device be from the US as well now. Will downgrade the app so I can browse the Apple Store again and will wait for the international release... Maybe one day...


Sent from my iPhone

The app is available on the UK App Store. All prices are displayed in GBP. No US accounts or cards etc needed.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/apple-store/id375380948?mt=8

Rodimus Prime
May 23, 2011, 10:05 AM
Actually, it's not true. The upgrade is $200 according to Apple's website. That image must be a mock-up. :o

still a massive rip off.

Since 1984
May 23, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Another buggy piece of crap that won't even load on my iPod Touch 64 4th gen. Does apple do any QA on software before release?

Slurpy2k8
May 23, 2011, 11:11 AM
I really don't understand the bitching about this not being 'universal'. What's wrong with using the normal apple store layout for the iPad?? The whole point of the app is because the site isn't ideal @ 3.5in. It's the same reason facebook doesn't have an official iPad app- they just want you to use the website, because it's good enough and works well. Having a separate iPad app for the store, beyond the website, woudl seem ridiculously redundant and pointless to me. Not every damn app needs to have both iPad and iPhone versions- they've different beasts.

ghostlyorb
May 23, 2011, 08:21 PM
FINALLY! I've waited for this for awhile.

caspersoong
May 27, 2011, 07:43 AM
This is awesome. But again, it needs to be available in more countries.

Ulf1103
May 28, 2011, 04:20 PM
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Yes, it needs to be available in more countries, like Belgium f.e. ;)

'cause I'm really waiting for it…