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

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.

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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 Avatar
156 months ago
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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
needfx Avatar
156 months ago
Siri:

"I'm sorry, your credit card declined
your purchases of 1 MBP RD $3199.00.
Should I try again?"

Shhh you tart
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jasonxneo Avatar
156 months ago
dam! what's with these iphone 4s exclusive features lately??? :confused:
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlueParadox Avatar
156 months ago
dam! what's with these iphone 4s exclusive features lately??? :confused:

Completely agree. Why does the 4S have exclusivity for this function?! Is it a geotagging thing? Makes no sense...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlueParadox Avatar
156 months ago
Their is, it's called Safari.
Makes sense to have an iPad version. It's a wonder why there isn't a native app for the pad. And by the way, Saving107, it's 'there is' not 'their is'... :confused:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bogatyr Avatar
156 months ago
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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)