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Concept app shows how Apple Watch would let you skip Starbucks line


Your skinny non-fat latte is just wrist tap away. Photo: Impekable

We’re months away from being able to shackle our wrists to the Apple Watch, but the UI designers at Impekable have been busy dreaming up new app experiences that will delight wearers once the timepiece is finally available.

“Our concept was to re-envision how Apple Watch could enhance the Starbucks customer experience by providing an even better way to order rather than standing in a long line,” Impekable’s founder Pek Pongpaet told Cult of Mac. “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could just go grab a table, order one of my usual drinks, pay for it using Apple Pay or my Starbucks card and get notified when my drink is ready – all from my phone without leaving the comfort of my seat?”

Check out the slick concept below:


Pek says his team’s has been curious about how to make intimate experiences on the Apple Watch, so to help other designers get off the ground with their ideas, they’ve also launched a free WatchKit design template that’s become one of the most popular Apple Watch resources on Dribbble.

“Phones are very intimate, but watches and wearables can be even more intimate requiring less interaction because you don’t have to have it out – it’s on your wrist,” says Pek, whose team created the Starbucks Apple Watch app concept for CapitolOne’s recent WatchKit hackathon.

However, there is one glaring flaw with the app concept: Starbucks doesn’t support Apple Pay.

In fact, the Apple Watch SDK doesn’t even support fully featured apps yet like this concept. Pek says that’s not stopping his team from dreaming big. Completely native apps are expected to come later next year to Apple Watch, but developers are already imagining the possibilities.

Starbucks has been pretty adamant that it won’t ditch its own loyalty card and mobile payments platform just to support Apple Pay on the Apple Watch, but after seeing how much easier it’d be to get java-addicts their morning joe, maybe Howard Schultz will realize it’s time to bend to the will of Cupertino.


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