The Apple Store app has received a nice upgrade, adding several new features and international support for customers in Canada and China.
One extremely nice feature is a personal pickup option, something our US readers will be familiar with from Best Buy and other stores, basically it means you can purchase a product through the app and arrange for pickup at the Apple Store of your choice within an hour, depending upon stock availability. For those in a hurry, this will greatly cut down on the time and the hassle of fighting through the throngs of customers in a crowded Apple Store to grab something quickly.
EasyPay is something that I’m really eager to see in action. You can purchase select accessories at the Apple Store by scanning the barcode with your iPhone or iPod touch and complete the transaction from the app without having to go through a store employee. Your receipts are stored on the iPhone, so if you’re challenged to show your proof of purchase by a store employee on the way out, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you’re not walking away with merchandise.
Both the personal pickup and EasyPay features are U.S. only at this time, and EasyPay requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
What’s New in Version 2.0
– Personal Pickup: Buy in the app and choose to pick up your order at any Apple Retail Store. Most in-stock orders are available for pickup within an hour. (U.S. only)
– EasyPay: Purchase select accessories in store quickly by scanning the barcode and completing your transaction right in the app. (U.S. only, requires iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S)
– Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders from the order status section in the More tab.