We shop at a few stores which have a self checkout system. Walmart, Safeway, and Home Depot. Overall, the experience is mixed. Whenever the self checkout doesn’t work it takes longer to finally make the purchase and leave the store.
The local Apple Stores now have a self checkout called EasyPay. Geek.com has the details, but it’s simple. Add the EasyPay app to your iPhone. Use the iPhone’s camera to scan the bar code of the product you want to buy. Confirm the purchase. Walk out of the store.
Here’s where it gets really crazy. Apparently Apple says that they aren’t going to be regularly checking the purchases. So you can then just walk out of the store with your bumper, no personal interaction required. If somebody does stop you, just flash the EasyPay receipt, which is easily found within the app. How the company will avoid serial shoplifting without checking every order is beyond me, but it was leaked that Apple employees were nicknaming the program EasyTheft.