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  • The iPhone - your waitress?
    Walk into Starbucks/McDonalds/etc, pull out your iPhone, tap your order onto the screen, and wait for the notification that your order is ready for pickup.

    Apple has a patent pending for a new wireless system which allows consumers to place their order from a wireless device, such as your iPhone, and receive a notification on the device when the order is ready for pickup.

    The system would be integrated with some sort of payment system as well, word on that isn't clear. Perhaps some sort of online wallet-type application to hold your billing info, perhaps directly into iTunes. No word yet on when this would be rolled out, but its an interesting future. End goal of all this "innovation"? Never have to talk to anyone ever again... sigh.

    Forbes.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The iPhone - your waitress? started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      I thought you were referring to the French program where waiters/waitresses use iPhones to place their orders. I read about this aswell, one step closer to the uber ID concept.
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      I read this, really exciting although 1st Gen iPhone will probably not have it. Probably show up first in Starbucks, AT&T, and Apple stores.
    1. swissrope's Avatar
      swissrope -
      happy, that apple will be the only one to advance this new market. I mean to be succsessful with this. I like apple and I like burgers aswell. So thanks apple to get them combined!
    1. DeusInvictus7's Avatar
      DeusInvictus7 -
      yeah...hopefully the network they have it set on performs well on edge...cuz i am not gonna sign onto the wifi at places like mcdonalds and starbucks just so i can order lol...might as well go up to the counter

      but then again there are those solitary people that dont like being around anybody...so maybe this was aimed toward them? lol jk
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Ah I'm betting it will be a specific WiFi SSID or protocol which the iPhone/device will automatically know to look for and latch onto when in range, assuming you have the purchasing application/system on your device. Wouldn't make sense to require a data plan with a cell phone carrier, think broader (why not order from your iPod Touch as well? ).
    1. Jodiedicie's Avatar
      Jodiedicie -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      End goal of all this "innovation"? Never have to talk to anyone ever again... sigh.
      Sad, but true
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jodiedicie View Post
      Sad, but true
      The way customer service is nowadays, I'd just assume place my order electronically. Most people in the customer service industry don't want to be there, and they let it show. And coming from that background, I don't blame them. Customers can be disrespectful, ignorant and downright nasty.
    1. Jodiedicie's Avatar
      Jodiedicie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      The way customer service is nowadays, I'd just assume place my order electronically. Most people in the customer service industry don't want to be there, and they let it show. And coming from that background, I don't blame them. Customers can be disrespectful, ignorant and downright nasty.
      I agree with that 120%!
    1. kys's Avatar
      kys -
      Hope all will be secure. Well there goes the Starbucks gift card.
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      if this will be on the second gen iphone, i wouldnt really carry because the programers will find a way to port it on the first gen iphone
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      It'll just be a web app, it'll work on any iphone
    1. bluaeon's Avatar
      bluaeon -
      maybe this will be included in one of the updates... who knows?

      this also means that you cant wink at your buddy who works at McD's to give extra burgers or fries and such if you use this way to order. hehe
    1. oOXDreadXOo's Avatar
      oOXDreadXOo -
      The iPhone - your waitress?

      Greeeaaat….. sooo how would you tip your iPhone? By putting money on your iTunes account?
    1. LeathaFace's Avatar
      LeathaFace -
      One word..........WOW!
    1. mugen's Avatar
      mugen -
      http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/no-more-l...ons-300624.php
      http://www.intomobile.com/2007/09/15...ile-phone.html

      I think Korea is already have been working on this.
    1. skydad's Avatar
      skydad -
      Does mean there is a chance that your order will come out correctly at McDonalds?
    1. chrisiphone's Avatar
      chrisiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by skydad View Post
      Does mean there is a chance that your order will come out correctly at McDonalds?
      LOL!!! Ya, that'd be nice. My order always get messed up.
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
      thats cool