Square Launches Its Own Tablet-Like Register
Square announced the launch of a new point of sale system compatible with their payment processing technology. Square Register includes a seller display, a separate customer display, a mounting kit and all the hardware/software needed to process credit card payments and manage sales data for the business.
Previously, business owners could download Square onto an iPad and use that as an all-in-one display. The seller would complete the order and then turn the tablet around on a pivot mount so the customer could sign for the transaction.
The new design involves tablet-like displays that only run Square software. This reduces the risk of theft since the device itself is less desirable. Having an independent register also means that Square software will run regardless of iOS updates or other hassles.
Business owners still have the option to use Square with their smartphones or tablets, but the company is promoting Register as a more secure, easier-to-use alternative. The POS is not susceptible to most security threats because it does not use third-party apps. Sales data can be synced to all Square devices on the cloud, so merchants can access the information no matter where they are.
Square Register costs $999 to purchase, or $49 a month for 24 months with approved credit. The payment processing costs 2.5% plus $0.10 per transaction.