How cool would it be to walk into a store, scanning a QR code off your phone when you enter, and then just taking things off the shelves and walking out? Your answer to that might vary based on your experiences in stores today—after all, the Apple Store lets you check yourself out with the iOS app, which can feel either freeing or like someone’s about to tackle you before you reach the door. Amazon is experimenting with a convenience store that’s staffed by sensors instead of a clerk, and Glenn and Susie have plenty of thoughts.
Elsewhere, we talk about iPhone 6s batteries, the slow death of Flash, the holy-crap-kind-of-confirmed Project Titan, mesh routers, giant batteries, and the craziest adapter chain yet.
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Susie has been covering Apple since 2006, and when she isn't glued to her MacBook Air and iPhone, you can find her building sand castles at the beach or snowboarding in the mountains.