Apple Store to soon allow selfcheckouts via app

first_imgWhether you’re a fan of Apple or not, you have to admit that they aren’t a company that unquestioningly accepts the traditional way of doing things. The latest change that they are rolling out will allow customers to complete their Apple retail store purchases by using an iOS app.How does it work? Apparently a future update to the Apple Store iOS app will allow you to choose an item to purchase from within the app. At that point, you simply take the product off of the shelf, and go along on your merry way. Employees, of course, will be on-hand to confirm the purchase, by looking at your confirmation email. Will you still need to flag down an employee, or will they be keeping watch at the door? That part isn’t clear, but they will obviously need some kind of oversight to avoid shoplifting.If you’ve ever shopped at an Apple Store, you may know that expensive devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs are all stocked in the back. This program will therefore only apply to the (less expensive) accessories that are located on the floor. You will still be able to purchase the stocked computing devices through the app, but you will have to grab an employee to get them for you.If all of this sounds familiar, it is similar to the in-store pickup of online orders that Apple is beginning to allow. That has only rolled out to San Francisco-area stores, but is expected to spread elsewhere before too long. Perhaps the two programs will launch simultaneously, in time for the holidays.While we are all accustomed to self-checkout lanes in various supermarkets and department stores, this will be the first case I’m aware of where you can actually complete an in-store purchase via an app. Even though employees will need to confirm the purchases, they won’t need to spend as much time processing payments. This could lead to a more efficient use of store resources, freeing associates up to do other things that require a human being. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that this could also be an indirect way to lay early groundwork for NFC capabilities in the next iPhone.via MacRumorslast_img read more

Galaxy Note 8 poses for more photos this time with an SPen

first_imgMore and more it seems like manufacturers are catching on to the fact that there’s a market for smaller tablets in the world. Samsung has tried to enter this arena a few times now with overpriced Android tablets, and it looks like they are trying again with an S-Pen ready 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet.Samsung has had mixed responses from the Galaxy Note line. The original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 are both popular smartphones that have, in many ways, ushered in this new wave of 5-inch smartphones. The unique combination of Samsung’s S-Pen interactions and the TouchWiz multi-window feature, which allows users to run two apps side by side, exist as powerful exclusives for Samsung. When they tried to push this design to the Galaxy Note 10.1, the resulting lackluster specs and high price resulted in mediocre sales. In an attempt to expand the Galaxy Note line, Samsung is clearly pursuing a middle ground between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 10.1 with the Galaxy Note 8.0.Samsung was the first major Android manufacturer to release a 7-inch tablet with the Galaxy Tab. At the time, Google had stated that Android wasn’t ready for larger screens, but Samsung dove in head first. The Galaxy Tab wasn’t terribly successful, due mostly to the pricing and awkward user experience. Now that Google has prepared Android for all screen sizes, and Samsung’s TouchWiz software has evolved to include the impressive multi-window system, a return to this form factor makes sense.The photos that have leaved so far of this tablet show off what looks like a large Galaxy Note, complete with the same button layout and UI format. Unlike the Note 10.1, the GN 8.0 will be held and used in portrait, though it remains to be seen just how much effort Samsung has put into optimizing TouchWiz for this hardware. Given that this is the second time we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 8.0 in as many days, the likelihood that this tablet will be announced at the Mobile World Congress is all but assured.The tablet ecosystem has changed dramatically since the release of the original Galaxy Tab. On top of impressive hardware, Samsung will need a compelling price point to compete with the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad Mini.Via Frandroidlast_img read more