The Apple Retail Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
I apologize for missing reviews the past 2 days. I was having some iPad difficulties and had to take a trip to my personal Mecca, the Apple Retail Store. So, today I thought I’d tell you about my trip, some things I found out, and we can take a look at the Apple Store app for the iPhone. In using the app for more than just making a Genius Bar appointment, I found out that it is really quite awesome and contains a lot of useful information for Apple users.
First, I’d like to clue you in to some things that are coming up on iOS Affairs. My list of to-do’s is very long, so it will take me a bit to get to everyting. But, I am planning a full review of UX Write, a wonderful app discovery at Chili’s restaurant, some more hidden object reviews, some Pinterest app reviews and a why I love Pinterest post, and so many more recent app discoveries that I can’t even list them all.
My trip to the Apple Store was prompted by the fact that I can no longer manage iCloud from my iPad. Reason: I was told that my app hoarding ways have overloaded iOS. I actually have more apps on my iPad than any of them had ever seen on one device. Over a thousand. And, I have 4 times that many that I can download at any time from the Purchased section of the App Store. I inquired as to when I would be getting my medal. They said they’d look into it. Seriously, their customer service is just unbeatable and the store itself is just heaven-like to me.
Anyway, Apple Stores have a better ratio of employees to customers than I have ever seen. They keep the air conditioning on yearround to control the temperature of the store to make it perfect. And, with the Apple Store app, you are checked in when you enter the store and can wander around instead of stand in line because they can locate you by your phone anywhere in the store. It’s just too awesome.
Well, I could go on and on, but we should probably get to the Apple Store app review and how-to.
The Apple Store app contains 5 sections. In the Featured section, you can learn about new products, specials going on right now, and other new things and events going on with Apple.
The Products section gives you every thing you need to know about the 4 types of products Apple sells: the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod. It also features accessories to get for each device.
The Stores section lets you find an Apple Store near you or any place in the world. Once you find the store, it is super easy to set up an appointment at the GeniusBar. The app completely walks you through making the appointment and then can add the appointment to your calendar. No fuss, no muss. You also can find out store details, including hours, driving and parking directions, and information on workshops and events happening at that store.
The Cart section shows you what you have added to your cart to buy and lets you check out from there.
Under the More section you will find a Search function (although, there is a Search bar at the top of every other section), your Order Status, EasyPay Receipts, and information about your Account.
It is under the Account section that you can turn on Express Checkout. Express Checkout lets you scan an item you want to buy at any Apple Store and then lets you pay using your iPhone by just signing in with your iTunes password. Then, the money is just subtracted from whatever card you have attached to you iTunes account. You can also set up Location-Based Alerts, which uses geofencing to make going to and checking in at the App Store more convenient and lets you access other services as you approach the Apple Retail Store.
At any time, there is a Help and Call Apple option at the bottom of the screen.
I’ve used the app a bunch to make Genius Bar appointments. I like to bug them whenever I make a trip to my nearest Apple Store. But, I didn’t realize the app contained so much more than that. It is completely FREE and you should definitely download it!
That’s it for me today. Until later, …