Turn your Apple iPad into a POS device with Square Stand

Turn your Apple iPad into a POS device with Square Stand
Mobile payments company Square is best known for the little accessory that it offers iOS and Android users that allows them to swipe credit cards and accept them as payment for a mobile business. On Tuesday, Square introduced Square Stand. This is a stand that turns an Apple iPad into a digital cash register. It comes with a built-in card reader, and can hook up with with a receipt printer and a barcode scanner.

Priced at $299, the Square Stand works with the second and third generation Apple iPad with a version for the fourth generation of Apple's tablet coming later in the year. The Stand swivels and measures just 9 inches while weighing in at 5 pounds. It can be purchased from Square's own website or from retailers like Best Buy and Staples. The Stand works with Square Register, the mobile app that helps convert an iOS or Android device into a POS machine.

Don't be surprised to see the Square Stand when you are paying for your daily cup of Joe at Starbucks. The coffee chain and Square reached a technology sharing agreement last year that covers Starbucks' 7,000 stores nationwide. At the same time, the caffeine pusher will invest $25 million in Square. Apple iPad use is growing rapidly at Square where it now accounts for about 50% of the $15 billion that is rung up through Square every year. That percentage could grow if the Square Stand becomes a big seller.

According to Forrester, mobile payments will hit $90 billion by 2017 while Square faces competition from PayPal and Intuit. Square was founded by Jack Dorsey, who also founded Twitter, and takes a cut from each credit card payment it processes.

source: USAToday

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