Apple is apparently rolling out some changes to the EasyPay point of sale system found in Apple Retail Stores, phasing out the current iPod touch and its card reader. EasyPay will instead utilize an iPhone 5s going forward. An updated credit-card reader will be attached to the devices, which will contain some kind of RFID functionality, along with the ability to read chip and PIN cards, according to 9to5Mac:
MacRumors and Heylookitsseric are both claiming Apple will be updating their Apple Store app to allow customers self-service checkout for off-the-shelf items like iPhone and iPad cases at Apple Retail.
http://www.ifoapplestore.com/">AppleInsider has a great, exclusive look from ifoAppleStore at the new iPod touch-based EasyPay system Apple Retail Stores are set to roll out, replacing their old WindowsCE gear.
Those who have seen the system for processing credit card, debit card and cash purchases, dubbed "EasyPay touch," said it combines iPod touch features with a magnetic stripe reader, advanced barcode scanner and Apple-written software to speed plastic and cash transactions.
Looks like the rumors were true and Apple is finally set to replace the aging, WindowsCE + stylus based EasyPay point-of-sale devices used by the retail store staff with sexy new credit card reading, barcode scanning iPod touches. Apple will be using the same accessory access APIs supplied to developers in the iPhone 3.0 SDK.