'Apple Store' iOS App Gains Support for Express Checkout, Advance Check-In for In-Store Pickup

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Apple today rolled out an update for its Apple Store [App Store] app for iOS devices, adding two new features to enhance the functionality of the app.

The first feature is support for Express Checkout, which has been available through the regular online store but is now available through the app as well. With Express Checkout, a user placing an online order can bypass the shopping cart system and simply click the "Buy Now" button and enter his or her password to complete the order. The order will automatically use the default billing and shipping information associated with the account. A preference allows users to specify whether Express Checkout should default to shipping purchases, picking up purchases, or asking each time.




The second new feature, which is only compatible with the iPhone 4S, allows users to alert Specialists at their local retail stores that they are arriving to pick up an order. Typically, users have had to find a Specialist upon arrival and wait for their orders to be collected, but with the new advance check-in system their orders can be ready the moment they walk in the door.

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ArtOfWarfare

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The second new feature, which is only compatible with the iPhone 4S, allows users to alert Specialists at their local retail stores that they are arriving to pick up an order. Typically, users have had to find a Specialist upon arrival and wait for their orders to be collected, but with the new advance check-in system their orders can be ready the moment they walk in the door.
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Mwongozi

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which is only compatible with the iPhone 4S
Usually I assume that Apple omit features from older iPhones only when the hardware is physically incapable of supporting that feature.

But with iOS 6's satnav feature being unavailable on the iPhone 4 (when the existing TomTom app works just fine) - and now this!

I think Apple are being a bit cynical here.
 

Mr.Mo

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By using the Apple ID, does the app deduct money from your ITunes/ AppStore account if you have credit or does it only make a credit card transaction?
 

Prother

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By using the Apple ID, does the app deduct money from your ITunes/ AppStore account if you have credit or does it only make a credit card transaction?
iTunes accounts can't be used to purchase hardware.
 

Baumi

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Usually I assume that Apple omit features from older iPhones only when the hardware is physically incapable of supporting that feature.
Just a wild guess: Could the function depend on the iPhone 4S's Bluetooth 4.0? At the very least this solution should drain far less power (AFAIK, I'm no engineer) than constant GPS updates or constant BT 3.0 polling to determine if you've entered the store.
 

bogatyr

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Completely agree. Why does the 4S have exclusivity for this function?! Is it a geotagging thing? Makes no sense...
It uses the geofencing function to detect when you're within the store. The GPS icon is on the entire time.

Just keep in mind, the Apple store might not care if you reserve your spot in line with your phone, they might keep taking people walking in the door over you. That is what happened to me yesterday, waited 20 minutes to pick up an item that was "waiting" for me, App said I was next in line, no help from anyone. So I gave up and walked up to a store clerk/person and was out the door in less than a minute.
 

Soulweaponry

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Nice little update, but i don't want every new piece of news i hear about updates have the "but it's exclusive to iPhone 4s" line. My fellow iPhone users on older hardware need stuff too

Update: Trying this out now. Just updated the app, enabled express checkout with geo-alerts and bought an appletv for pickup at my local store. Heading there now to see if it works. Apple store peoples better greet me at the door with my thing!
 
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Soulweaponry

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Just fyi: Ordered an appletv, got the first email a minute later, then the pickup email 10 minutes after that. Headed to the store and after i got out of my car, it popped up on my lock screen that my order was ready. Went into the mall and right before i got into the apple store i clicked that "i'm here" and when i walked in, an apple employee asked "Hey, are you marcus?". Wow. Didn't even have to look for anybody or wait anywhere. Solid

Only concern is, since i enabled express checkout, the location services symbol at the top is always on. Is this going to mess up my battery life? Eek
 

avanpelt

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To echo what some others have said, on the heels of the iOS 6 announcement of what features won't be compatible with the iPhone 4, this new "advanced check-in" feature only working on the 4S is a crock. Unless they're going to eventually roll it out to all GPS enabled iDevices in the future and Apple is just using the 4S as a test bed.

Aside from the progressive roll out theory, it makes no sense for Apple not to enable this across all GPS enabled iDevices. If allowing the Apple Store app to be "geoaware" when I'm approaching an Apple Store is too intensive for the iPhone 4 to handle, I guess they'll also have to disable location-based reminders for the iPhone 4 in iOS 6.

Also, I hope they eventually let you use this feature when you're coming in for a Genius Bar appointment.
 

charlituna

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Quoted for coolness.
and unlikely to really go that way in reality. Sure it will alert them but the chances that they will be waiting at the door with it, not likely.

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iTunes accounts can't be used to purchase hardware.
yes and no. the apple id you have to use would be your same iTunes. but you have to have a credit card on it and that's what is charged. not credits

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Only concern is, since i enabled express checkout, the location services symbol at the top is always on. Is this going to mess up my battery life? Eek
typically if you go to the task bar and kill the app it kills the location services use as well

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Also, I hope they eventually let you use this feature when you're coming in for a Genius Bar appointment.
you already can.
 

ghostlyorb

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dam! what's with these iphone 4s exclusive features lately??? :confused:
I'm getting quite annoyed, to be honest. But I'll be getting the new iPhone this fall, so I'll live. I really want to try out the beta of iOS 6... but since turn by turn isn't supported on the iPhone 4.. I don't feel like giving up my jailbreak.
 

JHankwitz

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Usually I assume that Apple omit features from older iPhones only when the hardware is physically incapable of supporting that feature.

But with iOS 6's satnav feature being unavailable on the iPhone 4 (when the existing TomTom app works just fine) - and now this!

I think Apple are being a bit cynical here.
Do you really technically know enough about the intricate operation of the iPhone to be making this call? I would guess that most iPhone engineers couldn't determine this.

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dam! what's with these iphone 4s exclusive features lately??? :confused:
It's called 'technical evolution'.

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It uses the geofencing function to detect when you're within the store. The GPS icon is on the entire time.

Just keep in mind, the Apple store might not care if you reserve your spot in line with your phone, they might keep taking people walking in the door over you. That is what happened to me yesterday, waited 20 minutes to pick up an item that was "waiting" for me, App said I was next in line, no help from anyone. So I gave up and walked up to a store clerk/person and was out the door in less than a minute.
How else would thay know it's you if you don't physically let them know who you are?. Our local store is always so croweded that it usually takes 10 minutes to fight my way from the door to the bar.
 

qipanhong

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I'm getting quite annoyed, to be honest. But I'll be getting the new iPhone this fall, so I'll live




 
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