Select Apple Stores are now introducing a self-checkout option for consumers to use when purchasing accessories and cases. App Clips designed for self-checkout and backed by the Apple Store app have begun to appear for contactless shopping.
Apple is streamlining its method of which consumers are able to walk into an Apple Store, decide on their purchase, and pay. As reported by 9to5Mac, select Apple retail locations such as New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store are now supporting an App Clip self-checkout option.
For the uninitiated, App Clips are a segment of an app that can load quickly and efficiently the moment you bring it up. The supported Apple Stores now feature App Clip codes amongst the accessories such as cases. Consumers can now walk in, scan the code with their iPhone camera (running iOS 14.3 or later) and begin the self-checkout process.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has been implementing new ways for consumers to shop comfortably. Whether it was providing curbside pickup, skip the line options, or otherwise, consumers have always had options. That said, the App Clip self-checkout does require a bit of forethought as the Apple Store app does have the installed onto your iPhone prior to scanning the code within the store. However, for those looking for a true contractless experience, it’s worth preparing ahead of time.
The App Clip self-checkout process is mainly designed for accessories such as cases. In order to purchase a new iPhone or an accessory not on the store floor, an Apple Store Specialist will be required to assist.
It’s not currently known what Apple’s rollout plans are. Your Apple Store may be one of the few that currently supports App Clip self-checkout.