Both Apple Store apps updated with various improvements

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Apple has pushed a pair of tiny updates to its two Apple Store clients (iPhone and iPad versions are separate downloads) this afternoon. The updates bring the two apps to version 2.9.2 and 1.1.1 respectively, and include various improvements.

On the iPhone side, Apple has improved notifications for folks using the app in retail stores—users can now view notifications from within the app and on the Lock screen. And as for the iPad, Apple has added the ability to gift card purchases… Read More


Apple Store app is giving away free music

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2014

As an incentive meant to drive customers to buy their iPhones straight from one of Apple’s retail stores in the United States rather than from carriers and other retailers, Apple last August started offering free digital content through its Apple Store shopping app, a free download for the iPhone and iPad.

After offering Electronic Arts’ excellent take on the classic Tetris game last month, the iPhone maker has now updated its free content promo by replacing the block-dropping game with a few “exciting new tracks helping to define this year’s musical landscape”.

Here’s how to claim your free music now… Read More


Apple promotes Top Valentine’s Gifts, says iPad is the way to your valentine’s heart

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

It’s end of January which can only mean one thing: retailers are gearing up for the upcoming Valentine’s Day and Apple is no exception. Now available on the Online Apple Store and through the Apple Store shopping app for the iPhone and iPad (free in the App Store), the new ‘Top Valentine’s Gifts’ section has just launched sporting an Apple-currated selection of both its own products and third-party accessories for your significant other… Read More


Apple launches iBeacons in retail stores with In-Store Notifications via Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2013

Apple has begun rolling out iBeacons in its retail stores, with first iBeacon transmitters being deployed in its 24-hour Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Apple has also rolled out a server-side update allowing its free Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad to let shoppers elect to receive In-Store Notifications about products and orders, including information such as a customer’s upgrade availability and trade-in options.

Approving In-Store Notifications within the Apple Store app requires enabling Bluetooth and the iOS Background App Refresh feature, which allows the system to locate your device and issue product-related information as you check out products inside the store… Read More


Beautiful Apple Store app launches on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013

Today, Apple has finally launched the Apple Store app for iPad. The iPhone application was released back in June 2010 and all this time Apple has failed to provide the native tablet experience, until today. Apple Store for iPad, available now on the App Store, is heavy on gestures and brings a completely redesigned appearance which feels right at home in iOS 7 and takes advantage of the larger canvas on iPads by putting product images front and center.

The many Apple Store categories are nicely organized and always accessible via a sleek navigation bar which automatically gets out of the way. While the app provides important product description and other meta data, the use of white space and smart design adds up to readability.

Released in time for your holiday mobile shopping, Apple Store for iPad is arguably perhaps the best iOS 7 app Apple has written thus far, and I don’t mean that in a small way. Yup, it’s that good.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Apple rolls out Passbook support for Apple Store gift cards to UK and other countries

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2013

Apple quietly updated its Apple Store app yesterday with “various improvements and performance enhancements.” It didn’t look like much to those of us here in the United States, but it was fairly significant for international folks.

For users in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other countries, the update added the ability to use gift cards purchased in the app within Passbook. The feature was introduced in 2012, but has until now been US-exclusive… Read More


Temple Run: Oz available for free right now in Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2013

Earlier this year, Apple began offering free iTunes content via its Apple Store app in an effort to drive traffic towards its native web portal. This content may include a free iBook, music, an app or a game.

Today, the company made Temple Run: Oz available within the app, which you can now download at no cost. The game features the same great gameplay as the original endless runner, with an Oz twist… Read More


App Store ‘Kids’ category launches

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013

Following a storm of criticism by disgruntled parents and after being forced to refund tens of thousands of dollars in individual cases of kids inadverntendly ratcheting up their parents’ iTunes bill with in-app purchases (here’s how to turn these off), Apple finally caved in.

Thursday morning, the company has unveiled a new ‘Kids’ category on the App Store. Designed to give parents a piece of mind, the new sections hosts a selection of carefully curated apps for children. Apps are sorted thematically in sub-sections such as ‘Create & Play’ and ‘Shapes & Colors’ and shortcuts to apps that are ‘Best for Ages 5 & Under’, ‘Best for Ages 6-8′ and ‘Best for Ages 9-11′… Read More


Apple posts flattened Apple Store and AirPort Utility apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2013

In time for the impending iOS 7 release, Apple has started updating its own apps on the App Store with the iOS 7-friendly user interface and technologies. Both the Apple Store and AirPort Utility apps have been refreshed with the Jony Ive-ified look and feel and support for new iOS 7 features. Earlier this morning, the company has released the official iOS 7 User Guide for both the iPad and iPod touch on the iBookstore… Read More


Apple Store app now offering free iBooks content

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2013

Apple quietly seeded an OTA update to its Apple Store app this morning, bringing the ability to download new content for free. The Color Zen game has been replaced with the children’s book ‘Away in My Airplane’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

This is just the latest move in Apple’s effort to entice customers to download and use its Apple Store app in hopes of spurring more hardware sales. Earlier this month, it started offering a free game download  within the application… Read More


Free iTunes content starts showing up in Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2013

We recently told you about Apple’s upcoming sales push where the company would serve free iOS apps, iBooks and other types of digital iTunes content through the official Apple Store app.

Having laid the groundwork by updating the free Apple Store iOS software a week ago, Apple has now made necessary changes to its backend, resulting in free iTunes content now appearing inside the app.

Apple’s first gift to its customers and would-be shoppers is the Color Zen game, otherwise a 99-cent download if accessed outside the shopping software. It’s interesting the offer not only automatically pops up upon the user waltzing inside an Apple Store, but is also available if you’re actually hundreds of miles away from the nearest retail outlet, here’s how… Read More


Apple Store app receives an update ahead of free content push

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2013

Apple has just put out an update to its Apple Store app. On the surface, version 2.7 seems to only include “various performance enhancements, including improved product search capabilities,” as per iTunes release notes.

Is this the edition with free iTunes content a reliable blogger called for last week? It’s tough to answer that right off the bat. Free offers could only pop up when the user is nearby an Apple Store, which in turn could be dependent on an impending backend update.

And with Apple’s hacked Dev Center offline for six straight days now, I’d imagine sorting out that mess would be the top priority for Eddy Cue and his team… Read More


Apple Store app to be redesigned with free iTunes content in iPhone sales push

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2013

Apple will release a new version of its Apple Store application for the iPhone and iPod touch next week, according to a new report. The update will include a redesigned interface and a handful of new features, including free downloadable iTunes content.

The move is said to be part of Tim Cook’s goal to sell more iPhones direct from Apple’s direct sales channels. Apparently, the plan is to get the app installed on as many device’s as possible so that more people are exposed to the company’s choice products… Read More


Apple Store app, now with alerts for iPhone upgrades and order shipments

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2013

Apple may have been trying to divert our attention from its upcoming earnings call by timing two small software updates. First up, the iAd Producer application has been bumped up to version 4.0, with new features like iBooks Author Widgets, support for iTunes Extras and LPs and more. With iAd Producer 4.0 you can now create, say, a widget that allows users to “stream video from the Internet, draw using their finger, or interact with a timeline,” the company writes in help documents.

The company also updated its shopping iOS application with Push Notifications for order shipment and delivery (U.S. only), including alerts for when your iPhone is eligible for upgrade pricing, a neat feature ensuring you won’t forget about taking advantage of your carrier’s early upgrade policy… Read More


Lame: Apple didn’t update its shopping app for the taller iPhone 5 display

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012

Just a quick thought here. Apple ahead of the iPhone 5 release updated iLife, iWork and a bunch of other iOS apps it makes. All good. Sadly, notable absent was the official Apple Store app.

A free download, it’s a time savior for buying Apple gear and is indispensable in a ton of scenarios, like current iPhone 5 supply constraints. Combined with the Personal Pickup option, the Apple Store app is the most elegant and convenient purchasing solution.

That being said, it’s a shame the software has seen little love lately. Apple hasn’t even bothered to update the app with support for the taller iPhone 5 display. Just check out those annoying black bars in the below screenshot. Lame, I’m tellin’ ya… Read More


An Inside Look at Apple’s New In-Store Pickup Service

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2011

A few weeks ago, Apple updated its retail store app with multiple new features. The two that really stood out were the EasyPay self-checkout option and the new in-store pickup service.

The New York Times got a glimpse of the latter feature in action yesterday during the Black Friday sale at a SoCal Apple Store. Utilizing customer tracking software, the service is actually quite interesting… Read More


Apple’s New In-Store Self-Checkout Plan Revealed

By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2011

A few days ago, MacRumors reported that Apple was going to be unveiling a new version of its iOS retail app in the very near future. The update is expected to bring multiple new features, including an in-store self-checkout option for accessories.

As crazy as the idea sounds, it’s starting to seem more and more legitimate. Now, BGR is claiming that it can confirm that an Apple Store app update is indeed on the way. And it has even obtained details of how the new services will work… Read More


Apple Stores Looking to Enable Self-Checkouts Via iOS App

By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2011

Apple Stores are already considered trendsetters in the retail space. From their awe-inspiring architecture to their product-focused environments, the Cupertino company’s world-wide chain has other retailers turning green with envy.

Now it seems like the Mac-makers are looking to start another fad: self-checkout. No, we’re not talking about those big machines at your local Walmart. We’re talking about customers paying for items using their iPhones without the help of a sales clerk… Read More


Concierge, Scout, and iQueue – Apple’s Internal Apps get a Makeover

By Alex Heath on Oct 26, 2010

The Apple Store app has been updated to support location based check-in and reservation services for customers at Apple Stores. These Foursquare-like check-ins will help customers find Apple employees to assist them while their shopping.

Genius Bar reservations can also be confirmed through location based check-ins from customers. The 1.1 update was pushed this morning. This new feature in the Apple Store app will interface with Apple employee’s internal apps, like Concierge.

Macstories recently released an exclusive from an inside source that there has been a major revamp to the Apple Store apps that are used internally by Apple employees. Apparently, this Apple Store app update will help make Apple employees more efficient…

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