Stores To Use iPhones for Check-Out

April 10, 2009

The Apple stores will toss out their handheld, Windows CE-based point-of-sale (POS) computers by July and convert to iPhone-based software to process customer purchases, according to the AppleInsider Web site. The handheld devices, made by Symbol Technologies Inc., were introduced on Black Friday 2005 to streamline purchases, and eventually led to the removal of dedicated check-out counters at most stores. The devices use Wi-Fi to communicate with various POS and credit card systems to complete the transaction, and allow employees to send the customer an e-mail receipt. According to AppleInsider, the iPhone 3.0 software update expected this summer will allow greater support for external devices, including a credit card magnetic stripe reader. That advance will allow the Apple stores to begin using iPhones to process credit card purchase transactions.

This handheld computer will reportedly be replaced in Apple stores with iPhones by this July. The stores use a credit card magnetic stripe reader attached to the bottom of this device, adding about one inch to the length.

This handheld computer will reportedly be replaced in Apple stores with iPhones by this July. The stores use a credit card magnetic stripe reader attached to the bottom of this device, adding about one inch to the length.

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