By David Becker
Retail stores are everywhere you look, especial when in big cities. With these retail stores come the biggest computers that are still around; cash registers. Despite most businesses using new credit/debit card readers with NFC payment available, it’s still not enough.
A 12.9-inch iPad Pro would be ideal for this because of its large screen. The Square debit/credit card reader or Square Dock for Square Reader + Apple Pay and Chip Card would be perfect for this. Customers would be able to use all three modern forms of payment (credit/debit card swipe, chip reader, and NFC payment methods such as Apple Pay).
Now this does bring in the issues of checks because some people still use them, but it has to be one of those things where it is time to kiss the check goodbye. Most check readers cannot read them anymore, due to the fact that they are made out of recycled paper, and it slows down checkout lines. Even most self-checkout do not accept checks, so why not make it universal for all transactions?
Other iPads (12.9 and 9.7-inch iPad Pros and iPad Air 2) could be good for this, but I would not recommend the iPad Mini because of how small the screen is and how bad it would be on people’s eyes.
Although there are still some barriers around this idea, it’s still a great concept. All this concept would need would either be a dock where cashiers can scan items and customers can pay via one single device. Otherwise, stores would also have to possibly purchase a set of iPod Touches for scanning items, which is similar to what employees use at Apple Stores.
This is all a very expensive process, but businesses and stores could also use this move as a tax write-off. And from the words of YouTube content creator and entrepreneur David Di Franco, “You have to spend money to make money.”