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A new report claims that Apple plans to update its "Apple Store" retail app on iOS to include support for build-to-order Mac purchases during its retail overhaul this weekend.

MacRumors notes that, according to sources, Apple plans to revamp its Apple Store application for iOS devices alongside other planned upgrades to its online and brick-and-mortar retail operations. Sources indicated that the updated app will debut on Sunday "with full support for customizing build-to-order Macs" identical to the range of options available through the Apple online store.

The current Apple Store app supports only stock configurations and a few options such as AppleCare and One to One. After the upgrade, customers will reportedly be able to customized processor, memory, hard drive and other hardware options for each model, as well as select software titles for reinstallation.

Apple has planned a series of major updates to both online and in-store procedures that are set to take place this Sunday, May 22. On Friday, the Mac maker took the order status feature on its website offline until Sunday in order to update its systems.

On Wednesday, AppleInsider reported that Apple has begun amassing iPads that will run an updated version of the company's in-house RetailMe software and will be distributed to retail employees. According to numerous reports, Apple retail stores will hold both early morning and evening mandatory meetings to implement the changes on Sunday.

Apple first released a retail store application for iOS last June, allowing customers to browse and purchase Apple products and accessories, stay up to date with in-store events and make appointments for Genius Bar and One to One.



Last fall, Apple updated the Apple Store app to allow customers to check-in for appointments while at the company's retail locations. The company has also reportedly developed an internal Concierge application for iOS that allows retail employees to manage queues and appointments.


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Would Lodsys consider these in-app purchases?
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Would Lodsys consider these in-app purchases?

FAIL! It's already documented that Apple already have a valid license (assuming their claim stands and relevant of course)
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An EPP login would be a nice addition.
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WE ALL KNOW I, AM BIG SILLY apple fan boy .

But I see red when I talke about APPLES APP STORE . It is so slow .

That rainbow spinning wheels. Spins all the time each time I want to change something. While I live the app store takes all the AAPLE branded apps I ever bought and allows me to spread them all on the 4 apple computers my family has.
I bought COD4 and put the game on 3 machines so far
And I never lose the app >Its always known by Apple that this is my APP so upon buying a new apple computer I get to DOWNload for free 80 odd apps I own already.
No discs to insert either.
Apple Just locked another MULTI billion dollar revenue stream .
IPAD
MBP and IMAC
IPHONE
IPOD family
And now a cloud like complete SOFTWARE WORLD that is synced for life to all your hard ware.
Best of all Software and Books should get cheaper in price since all the wasteful shipping packaging and brick and mortar stuff is now fading away .
The whole disc making wrapping shipping & brick & mortar waste will fade to invisible when using the APPLES APP stores .
Everyone saves even mother earth .

So I SAY TO APPLE PLEASE
Speed UP all your stores .


FASTER



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The only reason I go to a brick and mortar Apple Store is if I'm after a stock config. If you're going to have to wait anyway, might as well order it yourself, at home.
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FAIL! It's already documented that Apple already have a valid license (assuming their claim stands and relevant of course)

Ever heard of a 'joke'? Go back and read soli's post again and breath slowly.
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Would Lodsys consider these in-app purchases?

Son, I am not dissapoint. Well played.
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Ever heard of a 'joke'? Go back and read soli's post again and breath slowly.

yeah, that did fly over this guy's head for some reason.
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This is a great idea. I was wondering if I could order a custom-built Mac online and have it shipped to my local Apple store, because I can't be at home to sign for it, and my employer doesn't like personal packages to be sent to work.

So purchase of custom-built macs at the Apple brick-and-mortar stores would be a plus for me, even if it means 2 trips to the store that's almost an hour away.
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how about backlit keyboards?
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how about backlit keyboards?

Those tend to be included or not an option at all.

If you are referring to the current MBAs well just have to wait to see if they have corrected that limitation in the next releases which should hopefully arrive during the Summer.
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WE ALL KNOW I, AM BIG SILLY apple fan boy .

But I see red when I talke about APPLES APP STORE .


Sucks that that happens to you. I have never had any trouble myself.

That said, that's not what this article is about. It's about the actual brick stores.

And I heard that in fact the real changes to the Apple Store App are NOT about online orders at all. They are going to change it to pull a little bit of a Best Buy. The App would actually allow you to place an order, with select upgrades and installs, pay via the App and pick it up at the store. If it was all just upgrades they can do at the store like more RAM and installing Microsoft Office, you might get the message back that your order is ready for pick up within a couple of hours. If it is a truly custom build it would take the same 1-whatever days (because it has to be custom built at the factory) but you don't have to worry about figuring out home or office,who would be there to sign etc.

Or you can place the order and have it shipped straight to you. Full option choosing like online

Now I also heard that the pick up at the store is not for all stores. But only those that have the space and staff to handle it. So like here in LA we'd be looking at the Grove, Third Street, Glendale (after the rumored move to the Americana) and perhaps Northridge. But not the dinky and crowed Sherman Oaks etc stores. Which if the stores are well spread out is still not that bad.
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My kids will have a lot of fun with this, trying to see who can create the most expensive system configuration!
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My kids will have a lot of fun with this, trying to see who can create the most expensive system configuration!

That's like torturing them. Give them you're credit card. And let them order a system.
I've said to mine son and daughter they may spend a maximum of 6500.- per 3 year on Mac products. My daughter choosed for an iMac i7 27" an iPhone 4 32Gb and a iPad 2 64Gb 3G. She just spended 4915.- so she has enough cash for buying apps, over the years.
My son however ordered a 12-core Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz, with a 27" LED Cinema Display. And a White iPhone 16Gb. He spended 7215,- so he has nothing left to buy apps, and get a cut on the price, when I think they need new computers. By blowing the budget with 715.- he cannot buy apps, and have to beg with my daughter if he can use her iTunes account for purchasing certain apps. He really hates to beg, and he always have to pay his debts at the end of every week. My daughter really rubs it in at the end of the weeks when he purchased apps, that she can buy a this or that with that money. He also knows when he can buy a computer that's worth 715,- less then the one my daughter is able to buy, and that she can spend her leftover budget. By setting a budget, and letting your kids buy their stuff and clothes on their own. They really love you for it, whilst learning how to spend their money. They get 100,- pocket money a week, to spend at school. And for buying meals at school or at a restaurant. And a 1000,- per month to spend on clothing and other stuff. They know when they blow their budget, they don't get extra money from me or my wife.
My daughter is 12 now and my son 14, and already they know how to set their budgets if they want to buy something special.
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My daughter is 12 now and my son 14, and already they know how to set their budgets if they want to buy something special.

So I took it their now how too life on an budget? Good fore then!
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So I took it their now how too life on an budget? Good fore then!

They too life how took fore what who now?
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The only reason I go to a brick and mortar Apple Store is if I'm after a stock config. If you're going to have to wait anyway, might as well order it yourself, at home.

I've never understood why you couldn't config and order any machine you wanted at the store. The configs are part of the Apple Product line.

The store sells the Apple Product line. Selling the whole thing only makes sense.

I bought a specialty lawn tractor at Sears today. I did all the research on the options and deals online, but I went to the store to place the order so I could have a face to face with a human, ask more questions without navigating the deeper recesses of help systems, warranty details, how the system would be delivered and set up, etc. This helped me fine tune my order.

And the website was wrong. It said the extended service warranty was not transferable to a new owner if I sold it, but at the store I found out that is definitely transferable.

Makes eminent sense to me!

(PS: not that this would've happened at an Apple Store, but I also ended up with a $40 gift certificate I wouldn't have gotten online.)

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I've never understood why you couldn't config and order any machine you wanted at the store. The configs are part of the Apple Product line.

The store sells the Apple Product line. Selling the whole thing only makes sense.

The stores simply don't have the space or the manpower to create BTO assemblies, much less stock the range of extra parts needed to do so. If they are planning on adding this capability to their retail stores, it will cost them A BUNCH in physical plant modification, back-of-house systems, and payroll. AT EACH STORE.

Since BTO configs would not be available 'while-u-wait', free overnight shipping becomes negligible for APPLE and eliminates the 'convenience' of local BTO distribution for the customer.
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The stores simply don't have the space or the manpower to create BTO assemblies, much less stock the range of extra parts needed to do so. If they are planning on adding this capability to their retail stores, it will cost them A BUNCH in physical plant modification, back-of-house systems, and payroll. AT EACH STORE.

Since BTO configs would not be available 'while-u-wait', free overnight shipping becomes negligible for APPLE and eliminates the 'convenience' of local BTO distribution for the customer.

respectfully disagree - it's not about adding BTO to the stores at all - just about linking the possibilities on the site with those in the store - and with shipping either to either the store (for configuration, data transfer, hand-holding, etc. as required as people do now) or to your own home if you don't need any post-purchase store help. there would be no change in current delivery times for BTO sales (which ship directly from Asia anyway - or have in my case since I always order BTO and have engravables engraved, etc.) - the only real effect would be to drive more sales to be made at the store.

and to have people leave still not sure about what or if they're going to buy - and so a higher close the sales rate....

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Would Lodsys consider these in-app purchases?

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I've said to mine son and daughter they may spend a maximum of 6500.- per 3 year on Mac products.

cool - care to adopt me? That's a better allowance than I grant myself!
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I've never understood why you couldn't config and order any machine you wanted at the store.

You can. When I bought my Mac Pro Apple was running an online memory upgrade special. The store honored it and it took an extra 20 minutes for them to install it, but other than that it was no big deal. If they didn't have the config I wanted they would have ordered it and I could have came back to pick it up or I could have had it shipped to my house.

Another nice thing about having an Apple store - you can pay by cash or check if you want to. Sure, most people have no problem with credit cards, but it's a nice option for those who want it.
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