Gary Allen of ifoAppleStore via AppleInsider gives us a sneak peek of Apple’s new iPod touch- based EasyPay checkout systems that they will soon be utilizing in their retail stores. You may remember that last week we reported on rumors that Apple was dropping it’s Windows CE based EasyPay systems in favor of an custom […]
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Apple's New iPod Touch-Based EasyPay Checkout Systems

Gary Allen of ifoAppleStore via AppleInsider gives us a sneak peek of Apple’s new iPod touch- based EasyPay checkout systems that they will soon be utilizing in their retail stores. You may remember that last week we reported on rumors that Apple was dropping it’s Windows CE based EasyPay systems in favor of an custom solution. These new EasyPay iPod touches were expected within two weeks, but have obviously shown up earlier than expected.

Now to the good stuff; here’s how these things work. The iPod itself is encased in a removable shell that houses the magstripe reader for credit cards, a barcode scanner for scanning products, and a rechargeable battery to power the extra hardware.

All Credit Card transactions will be handled on the device, and customers will sign the device with a stylus. Debit card customers will have to scan their cards and enter their PINs at separate terminals sprinkled throughout the store. Cash transactions will be handled on the EasyPay device within the next six months in select retail stores. Retail employees will be able to electronically open cash drawers located throughout the store via the device to complete the sales transactions.

Also, it is being reported that iPhone purchases and activation will be handled with this new checkout system. Customers will be able to select their calling plan, add-ons, and allow customers to read and sign their contracts that are required to complete the transaction.

Magstripe reader on top. Barcode reader in center.

Magstripe reader on top. Barcode reader in center.

Lastly, this new system will allow retail workers to perform such customer services as returns, product serial numbers, customer email addresses, credit card numbers, purchase records, and creating a credit for customer accounts.

Images and story courtesy of AppleInsider

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