Need to Meet with a Genius?

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Cost:  Free

Find it:  Apple App Store

Why AppHipMom loves it:  Genius at your fingertips

I’ve had the Apple Store app on my iPhone since it was first released late last year but I’ve never really needed to use it—until now.  You see, my beloved iPhone is malfunctioning.  The home button has a mind of its own and doesn’t work at the best of times.  So, I took to the app to take action.

The best part of the app in my opinion is the ability to book appointments with an Apple Genius.  In less than 2 minutes, I got my appointment and received an email confirmation to make it all official.  When I arrive at the store, I can check in using the app.  If you don’t have an appointment, you can get help from within the app when you’re at the store and even see you place in line.

Apple Store App - Find a StoreI also love that each store has workshops & events that you can sign up for in additional to private one on one training  (latter requires $99 membership for one full year, well worth the cost).  Some of the workshops include:

  • Welcome to Mac
  • Going Further with a Mac
  • Getting Started with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  • iPad at Work: Meetings
  • Getting Started with iCloud

One to One training topics include digital photography, movie making, iWork, iPhone, iPad, just to name a few.

All of the above plays second fiddle to the app’s main purpose, which is its mobile store.  You can purchase just about everything from the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and related accessories such as car chargers, cases, headsets, speakers, etc.  Purchase for delivery or reserve for pickup at your nearest Apple store (selected items only in Canada).  You can also track the status of your order from within the app.

The US version of the app allows shoppers to use EasyPay to scan and pay for items directly from iTunes while in the store.  No more waiting in line to pay.  How quick and easy is that?  If you choose to purchase items through the app, most in-stock items will be available for pickup within the hour.  Here’s hoping that Canadians will see these 2 features included in the next update.  Apple–pretty please?





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