Square’s Newest Piece Of Hardware Turns Your iPad Into A Cash Register

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    Square’s Newest Piece Of Hardware Turns Your iPad Into A Cash Register



    Square is quickly becoming one of the most convenient and coolest ways for small businesses to process transactions. If you’ve ever visited a shop that uses Square you’ve probably seen a number of improvised iPad cash registers, but Square just debuted its own iPad register called Square Stand.

    The Square Stand will go on sale starting June 8th for $299, but you can already pre-order it on Square’s website. The new hardware is to be utilized in conjunction with the Square Register app that is already used by thousands of businesses across the country.

    If you were hoping to use your iPad mini with the Square stand you’ll have to wait though. The new device only supports Apple’s 30-pin connector, and will fit the iPad 2 and iPad 3. A Lightning connector version should come out later this year.

    With its featured card reader the Square Stand gives business a more professional looking register that’s designed specifically for the iPad. You can also lock the device down to your countertop, and the device lets you pivot the iPad so you can adjust the viewing angle.

    Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey says the company plans to push the Square Stand hard, as they’ve been in talks to get Starbucks onboard with the device. About 50 percent of Square’s $15 billion in annual payments are conducted through an iPad.




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    Apple Retail, Square partner to sell iPad-based Square Stand beginning July 9



    Jack Dorsey’s Square payments company has teamed up with Apple to sell the new Square Stand point-of-sale system through Apple’s large chain of retail stores, according to multiple sources. The Square Stand is an iPad accessory that works with the Square Register app to turn in the iPad into a tool that can run a business. The Square Stand’s main feature is its ability to connect to several devices like cash registers, barcode scanners, and printers. Additionally, the device includes a build-in credit card reader…

    The Square Stand was officially announced in mid-May, and it will begin shipping from Square’s official website on July 8th. Several Apple Stores have begun receiving the Square Stands today, and the official start sales date is said to be Tuesday, July 9th. However, we are told that some stores have already been cleared to sell units to customers by request. The price of the product is $299.

    The accessory does not support Apple’s latest iPad models: Only the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad with 30-pin dock connectors work natively with this product.

    Apple and Square teamed up in 2011 to sell the Square Reader in stores and on Apple’s Online store. Though we do not have any confirmation of this, it is probable that the Square Stand will eventually also become available from the Apple Online Store.


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    Square Register iOS App Can Now Record And Track Payments, Reconcile Cash Drawer



    Mobile payment startup Square has updated its Register app with several new features. Both the iPhone and iPad versions of the app can now record and track payments, including checks and gift cards. On the iPad, merchants can reconcile their cash drawers using the app’s clean interface. The portable SM-S220i printer can now be used to wirelessly print receipts from the app via Bluetooth.

    The Apple Store And Best Buy recently started carrying Square’s iPad stand that helps turn the device into a point-of-sale machine.

    Square Register is available for free in the App Store.





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    Former Apple engineer slims down Square's credit card reader

    Square's old Reader (left) sits next to its slimmed down successor



    Payments company Square on Monday unveiled a new, slimmer credit card reader designed by a team lead by former Apple engineer and current Square VP of Hardware Jesse Dorogusker.

    In an in-depth article highlighting the new Square Reader, a device that allows users to accept credit card payments on most iOS devices, Wired offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how former Apple employee Jesse Dorogusker managed to slim down the already tiny dongle.

    For reference, Dorogusker was with Apple for eight years before taking on the VP job at Square. While at Cupertino, he worked on a number of accessory hardware projects, including a lead role in development of Apple's Lightning connector. Dorogusker is also credited as an inventor for multiple Apple patents, from a "smart dock" to an iPod-compatible "smart bike."

    The new Square Reader is 45 percent thinner than its predecessor, but contains components that give it a more premium feel. With the new version, Square focused on improving the card reader's singular purpose: swiping credit cards. According to the publication, this meant the company had to make adjustments with "the swipe" to give a more solid, reliable feel.

    Instead of off-the-shelf components, the latest Square Reader uses custom-designed parts, like the important read head. Previously, the company employed a common design that could read only one of the two magnetic stripes on a credit card. The latest iteration can pull data from both stripes.

    In addition, the custom read head is mounted on a calibrated spring that exerts more force on the card, allowing for additional resistance and a better feeling swipe. The button cell battery seen in the original unit is also gone thanks to a custom-designed chip that is much more efficient, meaning the unit can be powered off an iDevice's headphone jack.

    Other aesthetic changes have been made to Square Reader, like a relocation of the credit card slot to the center of the unit, flat front and rear faces and a two card insertion guide lips for multi-directional swiping.

    The Square Reader is a free accessory to the Square Register iOS app. Customers first purchase the unit from Square's website or an authorized dealer, then get the cost refunded to their registered bank account.





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