iPod touch EasyPay POS May Soon Be Used by Other Retailers

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Ever since Apple rolled out their iPod touch based EasyPay POS to some of it's retail stores they have been flooded with inquires from other retailers looking to get in on the Apple goodness. It was just a a few short weeks ago that certain Apple retail stores ditched their crash prone Windows CE + stylus based EasyPay point-of-sale devices and since then it has raised the curiosity of other retailers.

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blockquote> "Since the debut of the iPod POS, inquires have been coming from all directions, including from end-user small businesses, larger chains and system integrators. Until now, Apple’s response has been that the iPod POS is a proprietary product, unavailable for sale," Allen said. "But now, tipsters say, Apple retail executives have asked the retail store business specialists to collect contact information from anyone who inquires about the iPod touch system, apparently to create a database of potential customers if Apple decides to commercialize the product."

The EasyPay POS system is capable of handling all cash, credit, and debit transactions along with some product returns. Would this be an Apple-like move to sell this device for other retailers to use? Sound off in the comments!

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icebike says:

It sounds to me like Apple had no idea this would sell and has been caught totally off guard by external requests.
It also suggests the software and systems behind it were something of a mashup and not ready for prime time. I'm betteing there is a back room coding furiously to get the system to a marketible status.
When they do this thing will sell big. Very big.

Yobad says:

I want one of those pens that work with the iPhone! It would be really nice for drawing things in those art apps :) lol

fastlane says:

@Yobad & @OP:
That's the Pogo Stylus. They're available.
http://www.tenonedesign.com/stylus.php

fastlane says:

Actually, it's the Pogo Sketch pictured above with the EasyPay.
http://www.tenonedesign.com/sketch.php

jervis961 says:

They really need to change the name from Point of Sale. I laugh every time I see POS listed.

DomArch says:

it doesn't scan barcodes, but this seems like a viable alternative: http://squareup.com/
And it works with other phones - anything with an audio input jack!

Shara Karasic says:

That would be an awesome product if Apple commercializes the iPod POS. The iPod and iPhone are getting more and more useful for business - now Square iPhone payment system is coming and check out more business apps at the Appolicious discusssion:
http://www.appolicious.com/topics/the-best-business-iphone-apps-::5
Shara Karasic
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Appolicious.com (mobile app reviews)

Sid mcnairy says:

This would be a great way for us to handle transactions at home or at the many events we have.
Thanks for advancing in so many ways.
Peace, Sid

Mike says:

This does look like a good product. However I also know that Mophie is going to release their Marketplace this month that does exactly the same thing.

Henk Dubbelhuis says:

For our mobile point of sale solution we are also looking for stable hardware to scan barcode and online payments. The demo can be seen into a iPad iPhone iPod or HTC browser or on a PC into the Chrome or Safari browser.www.mobielkassasysteem.nl/mob/app/demo

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