This is one of those things that makes you wonder why it hadn't been done already. Apple's just unleashed an Apple Store application for its iDevices designed to pretty much give you the online Apple Store experience -- but perhaps without the crazy on-again, off-again antics of this morning
. All that's required is a device with iOS
version 3 or above, and you'll be able to read reviews, locate local brick and mortar Stores, check out new and featured products, and -- importantly -- buy or pre-order the latest goodies Steve and co have bestowed upon these lands. Alas, we tried to do just that with the iPhone 4
and were met with the familiar "we'll be back soon" message. So the app might work, but Apple's store is still struggling.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
P.S. - The app looks to be US-only for now. Sorry world, Apple doesn't love you enough.