One of the mysteries of the tech world was why Apple, the inventor of the iPad had not saw fit to make their own Apple Store App a native iPad app. Of course one could argue that the Apple Store website works just fine on the iPad in Safari, but it just always seemed weird that a company that touted how many native iPad apps that were available in the App Store wouldn’t take it upon themselves to make native iPad Apps of all their own apps right out of the gate. Whatever the reason behind this oversight, there is finally an Apple Store App for iPad. Just in time for the holiday shopping season you can now shop the Apple Store from the comforts of your iPad with a nicely designed native iPad App.
What you would expect
There are not huge surprises here. The App is clean with lots of white space. You can shop by category or do a search. I highly recommend that you do use the search feature as I’ve found not all products show up in their respective categories. For example, I was interested in the Mophie Juicepack battery for iPhone 5. Going to the iPhone accessories and the general power accessories didn’t show this item. Had I not known that Apple carried it, i would have moved on and bought it from somewhere else. However, I did a search and it came right up in the app. The check out process was easy. After I added the item to my cart I was able to checkout by simply inputting my Apple ID password and all my information, saved credit card was already there. I got a conformation email that the order had been placed and was being processed.
There are a few subtle things that are easy to over look. For example, there’s a picture of the item you’re interested in as you would expect. However, if you swipe changes are you can see additional pictures. There’s no indication that there are additional pictures, just swipe. Once you tap on a product you’re probably going to want to know how to go back. You swipe down to reveal the back button and nav bar at the top. You can use the app to find nearby stores and add your favorite store just like with the iPhone version. Of course you can also use it to schedule your Genius Bar appointments and workshops.
Not sure why Apple took so long to make a native iPad version of this App, but I’m glad it’s finally here.