Apple Store App Adds In-store Pickup, More

Apple released version 2.0 of its Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPod touch on Tuesday. The new version of the app lets users order products for in-store pickup, and added an EasyPay feature so customers can pay for certain items in store by scanning the product’s barcode.

Apple Store app version 2The Apple Store app includes in-store pickup

Products purchased through the app now include an in-store pickup option, along with a list of local stores where the item is in stock. According to Apple, most in-stock items are available for pickup within an hour after ordering.

The EasyPay feature requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, so don’t plan on using your iPod touch or iPad 2 to make your own in-store purchases. Scanning a barcode shows the product details and user ratings, and links to your Apple ID for payment.

Version 2.0 also offers order tracking, and improved support for users in China and Canada. It doesn’t, however, include an iPad-native interface.

Apple Store 2.0 is free and is available at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.