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Apple Store App Updated – Not for iPad


There have been many headlines about the new functionality built into the latest update of the Apple Store app. However, it is disappointing that the app will not run as a universal app on an iPad. Instead, it still runs as an iPhone app.

A description of the app from Apple states:

It’s the best way to get the most from the Apple Store — whether you’re on the go or at the store. Wherever you are, you can research and buy products, read reviews, make Genius Bar and One to One appointments, view in-store events, and more. And when you’re in an Apple Retail Store, you can request help, receive meet-up alerts, and more.

Here’s what you can do with the Apple Store app:
– Research and buy the latest Apple products, accessories, and software and get them shipped to your door.
– When at an Apple Retail Store, request help, check in for reservations, and receive meet-up alerts.
– Make Genius Bar and One to One reservations and sign up for workshops and events.
– Get free iPad and iPod engraving and signature gift wrapping for select Apple products.
– Custom-configure a new Mac with the options you want, including larger drives and more memory.
– Reserve iPhone and other select products for pickup at an Apple Retail Store.

(Credit Apple, Inc.)

The newest features of the app (v. 1.3) include:

– Enhanced in-store mode lets you get help and support quickly when you’re at an Apple Retail Store.

– The ability to custom-configure a new Mac with the options you want.

Overall, the app provides some good functionality unlike other apps. For example, you can walk into an Apple store and the app can check you in for your appointment. However, a fully supported iPad version would be welcome.

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