Nov. 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM ET
Version 2.0 of the official Apple Store app is now available and — as expected, thanks to some detailed reports — it brings some rather great new features: Personal Pickup and EasyPay. These new functionalities mean that you can order items online for pickup in retail Apple Store locations or even complete some in-store transactions without ever dealing with a blue-shirted retail employee.
To use the Personal Pickup option, you'll simply order whatever you want online and then head to your local Apple Store. Most products will be ready for pickup within an hour of ordering.
On the other hand, if you're already in an Apple Store and looking to pick up some accessories but don't feel like waiting for someone to ring up your purchase, then you can whip out your iPhone and use EasyPay. All you'll need to do is scan the products' barcodes using your iPhone's camera and follow some on-screen prompts to complete your transaction. No word on whether a bag will magically materialize in front of you or if you'll have to ask someone for one though.
It's worth noting that the Personal Pickup and EasyPay options are only available in U.S.-based Apple Store locations.
The Apple Store app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store — say that three times fast! — and it's completely free, of course.
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