Square introduces new card reader developed by Apple’s Lightning plug designer

By , Dec 9, 2013

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Square unveiled a new version of its Square Reader accessory today, which is used to input credit and debit cards into the Square app. It says the new Reader is roughly 45% thinner than its predecessor, and is more accurate at reading cards thanks to its new design.

But what makes the new device really interesting is who designed it. According to a report from Wired, Square’s new ultra-thin card reader was developed by a team led by Jesse Dorogusker—a former Director of Engineering at Apple and developer of the Lightning plug…

Here’s Wired’s Kyle VanHemert in a profile about designing the new Square Reader:

“Jesse Dorogusker is used to working tiny. Before becoming Square’s VP of Hardware, he spent eight years leading the accessories division at Apple, heading the development of the works-both-ways Lightning connector. With the new Reader, he had the chance to take a crack at a flagship product.”

VanHemert goes on to explain how Dorogusker and his team were able to create the new Reader that was both slimmer and more accurate than beforet. The process is interesting, and actually sounds a lot like what Dorogusker did at Apple with the Lightning connector.

If you’re interested, the new Square Reader can be purchased online and in retail stores beginning in January or you can grab it for free now from Square’s website. And of course you’ll need the corresponding app, Square Register, to use it, which is free from the App Store.

For information on Jesse Dorogusker and the design process behind the new Reader, click here.

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  • chumawumba

    Am I the only one who thinks the newer one looks cheap?

  • Jailbrkr21

    not much there on the design side, it looks like its a cheaper made product. other than the thinness i like the older one more.

  • Mgggb

    Its free? Well dont mind if i do!

    • chumawumba

      Not the reader, just the app.

      Read the article thoroughly, will you?

      • Anti-wooing

        Maybe you should read thoroughly… “or you can grab it for free now from Square’s website.

      • Mgggb

        Actually, it says in no uncertain terms that a free reader will be shiped to you for signing up. Maybe if you read the article thoroughly you would know that. If you’re going to be an illiterate, do us all a favour and excise yourself from this planet, we dont want you here.

      • therealjjohnson

        What part of this says what you’re saying?

        “If you’re interested, the new Square Reader can be purchased online and in retail stores beginning in January or you can grab it for free now from Square’s website. And of course you’ll need the corresponding app, Square Register, to use it, which is free from the App Store.”

      • Mgggb

        ‘or you can grab it for free now from Square’s website.’ Clicking on the link confirms this when they say that they will ship one to you for free.

      • therealjjohnson

        Yeah…going to another site from a link isn’t exactly in the article. It’s actually totally not in the article. It’s on a whole other website. And then more clicks.

      • Mgggb

        The only thing that was not directly stated in the article was that they would ship the product to you and that is implied because if you got it for free from their website, how else would they get it to you. Clicking on the link is only to confirm that is was correct

  • Your Mother

    this is news because…….?

  • Sejad Jr Sejdic

    Found a typo, before is spelled wrong at the end of the sentence here @
    “VanHemert goes on to explain how Dorogusker and his team were able to
    create the new Reader that was both slimmer and more accurate than
    beforet.”