It seems that Apple has plans to update its official “Apple Store” app with a self checkout feature that is expected to take effect this week. Basically what this feature update does is that it allows customers to essentially skip the queue by paying for their item via iTunes, thus cutting down on potentially long waits in line at the checkout counter.
Users will be able to pay by entering their Apple ID and password, which is linked to their iTunes Store account. The item will then be charged to the credit card linked to that particular account and a receipt will then be emailed to the customer, who can show it to the retail store staff as proof of purchase. This feature is expected to be made available after Apple’s in-store pickup program, which is currently limited to a handful of stores in San Francisco.
Unfortunately this self checkout feature will not be available for some of Apple’s more expensive items, such as iPhones, iPods and Mac computers, which are kept in the back room and will require assistance from staff.