Chat w/ Apple Store Customers

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  1. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    I recently discovered an article that discusses how you can use ichat to chat with people who are looking at macs at any apple store. Apparently, all the macs have the own ichat screename and connected to the internet. If your lucky you can chat with someone who is looking at a mac with an isight hooked to it.

    I went to my local apple store and copied a few of the screenames. I have yet to see any come online when I'm checking.

    Anyone know any other screenames?

    Here is that article

    iChatAV With Apple Stores




    Would you like to be able to iChatAV with an Apple retail store? Well, it's not difficult at all to connect, although it's hit-and-miss trying to find someone to talk to. All you need are a couple of numbers to create the "buddy" screen name for the store and its computers.


    The screen name for retail stores is constructed from the letters "ars" for "Apple Retail store," the store's official 3-digit number, a period, and a 2-digit computer number representing the computer. For example, this iChatAV screen name:


    ars047.05


    This would be the Cherry Creek retail store in Denver, and computer #5, which is probably on the "Pro" table. Note that you use leading zeros for both the store number and the computer number. The computers are numbered starting with the front-most computer in the "Pro" section, which is on the left wall of the stores, then the Pro computers on the desk, the "Home" section desk, then the Home computers along the wall. The computer numbers continue left-to-right to the back of the store.


    Only certain computers have an iSight camera connected, which currently seem to be #1, 3, 7, 10 and 16-18 at the small and medium-sized stores. At the San Francisco store, and perhaps the other flagships with an Internet café, the iSight-equipped iMacs are numbered from 68-74, and 02-06...give them a try!


    In order to communicate with a particular computer, it must be running iChatAV, someone must be in front of the computer watching the screen, and they must accept your invitation to chat--it's pretty hit-and-miss. I've put in as many as 60 store IDs, and find that just 3-4 of those IDs have iChatAV running on any of their computers. Also, many times the person who is looking at the computer is a non-Macintosh user, and has no idea what to do when they receive your invitation to chat.


    Having said that, I have chatted with several persons at Apple stores, both via text and video. In one case I bumped into a iChatAV demonstration being given by a Mac Specialist with a customer, and was able to show them what an actual video iChat looks like. I've also had several chats with visitors at the Ginza (Tokyo) Apple store--it's store #79.


    Thanks to Brian for this screenshot of an actual video iChatAV with the North Michigan Avenue (Chicago) store, with a friend and passing store employee. He found a link-up with ars035.49.


    Surf here for a list of stores sort by their store number.
    http://www.ifoapplestore.com/stores/job_store_list.html
     

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  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    That's an oddly appealing idea. I hadn't thought of it before. I sometimes have friends who want to go check out Macs at the local Store and can't or don't feel like going there myself at the time (rare, yes, but it happens). This would be a fun way to interact with them....
     
  3. Benj macrumors regular

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    Ughh. The idea of chatting with the random scabby backpackers checking their hotmail in the London store is not at all appealing!
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    That's too bad - here in the States, only attractive customers are allowed to use the iSight-equipped Macs. ;) Which is why I can't iChat from there....

    The Cherry Creek mall in Denver - the one mentioned in the article - is well stocked with attractive well-to-do customers, if it's at all like it was back when I dated someone who lived in the area. Try there. :)
     
  5. virividox macrumors 601

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    thats actually quite cool :) i guess if you are bored out of your skull would be nice to chat with some person hehe think of the random talks you would have
     
  6. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Yah wasn't this one of the feature of iChat for Tiger....riffraff lockout. :eek: :D

    Seriously though that is scary. All of a sudden having someone try to start up an iChat session while you are looking at a computer. That would kind of freak me out. Now if you could only make it appear as if it not a chat Windows. You are actually interacting with the computer.
    Someone walks past the computer. Welcome to Apple computer. I am Ted your Apple's artificial Intelligence Avatar. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. [End Line] *head dips as if in sleep mode*


    Or how about minimizing the chat Window and simply watching the people walk by the computer. People watching at its finest. Oooo look at her. She's hot. Dude that's gross he's picking his nose. Look at that one over there he's.....he's. Dude he's stealing that iPod!!!!!! *Yells into the mic*
    SOMEONE STOP THAT GUY!!!!! :D :D
     
  7. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

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    lol, this reminds me of when my friend and I put one of our other friends screen name into the iChat on a bunch of the computers, and now randomly he gets people messaging him from the apple store :p
     
  8. LucasLand thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    So what would happen if you get the brochure telling you when they will have a iChat class and see if you can join them when they are displaying everything. Now that could be some serious fun. :D
     
  10. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. Allthough our apple store might not be the biggest, or the most beautiful, I can guarentee that if you walk in, any time, youll see a few of them "beautiful people". One of the only good thing about denver... lots of people here are in good shape.
     

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