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Apple Store app for iPhone & iPad updates with Touch ID for Apple ID

Apple on Thursday updated its official Apple Store app for iPhones and iPads with a pair of important changes, most notably expanded use of Touch ID.

People can now use Touch ID to authenticate their Apple ID, whether changing account settings or making a payment using a card linked to that account. Normally Touch ID is used to make purchases via Apple Pay, and in fact shoppers have to tap "buy with other payment options" in the app to use an Apple ID.

Apple has also made it easier to see if a particular iPhone configuration is available at a nearby outlet. That could be particularly important come this fall, when the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" are expected to debut — the latter of which may be in short supply.

The app otherwise appears unchanged. It's a free download from the App Store, and requires iOS 10 or later.