Apple Store app updated with Express Checkout

Apple Store, the app that lets users purchase, reserve, and track Apple products right from the comforts of their iDevices, has been updated with two handy new additions. First up with the 2.2 update is Express Checkout, a feature (previously only available to online browsers) which lets you skip the full checkout process by simply tapping the buy button and entering your password. On iOS, this must be enabled first under the ‘More’ tab –> Account Settings, where you can enter payment details, as well as shipping info and/or specify an Apple Store to pick up the goods. The second new feature (only available on the iPhone 4S and for pick ups) lets users alert Apple ‘Specialists’ when you’re approaching the Apple Store, so your item will be ready for you upon arrival. The Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is free to download from the App Store.

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Refurbished iPad 2s now $80 – $100 off at Apple Online Store

If you’re in the market for a new(old) iPad 2, now would be a great time to pick one up. Apple today dropped their prices on refurbished current gen iPads, with the entry 16GB Wi-Fi model now selling for $419 (was $449) – a total savings of $80 compared to a brand new one. The higher capacity iPads, namely the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi (and 3G) models are a $100 off (16% savings). In case you’re uncertain about buying a “used” iPad, just know that they’re all tested and certified by Apple, and include a 1 year warranty, a brand new battery and even outer shell. I’ve purchased refurb stuff from Apple before and haven’t been let down yet (I saved $300 off my 27″ iMac this way). Supply is limited, so it’s entirely possible that these iPads won’t last until the mad rush of the Christmas shopping season.

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Apple Store app updated to 2.0, now supports EasyPay

Apple’s Apple Store app has been updated and now adds some nifty features for iOS users in the US, namely Personal Pickup and EasyPay:

- 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.
- Additional international support (Canada, China).
- Requires iOS 4.2 or higher

With EasyPay (good for only accessories at the moment), it’s a matter of simply choosing your item, scanning its barcode within the app, and paying with the credit card that’s stored on your Apple ID. This process certainly makes it easier for small item purchases and no longer will you have to wait in line to check out during a busy day at the store. You can see just how simple it is to use EasyPay with an actual purchase made by Engadget below.

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