Even if you’re not a Square user, you should pay attention to what the company is doing in the mobile payment space. This is an area Apple has long been rumored to be getting into, expanding on its Passbook app, and if that happens, Square will be among its top competitors.
Having said that, Square updated its popular Register software today, bringing the app to version 3.2. The changes made in the update are fairly significant, and include the ability to track and record a number of various payments types, and [finally] Bluetooth printer support…
Here’s your 3.2 change log:
For iPhone and iPod touch:
Record and track all kinds of payments, including checks and gift cards.
– Reconcile your cash drawer quickly and easily with cash management.
– Record and track all kinds of payments, including checks and gift cards.
– Connect a Bluetooth printer to wirelessly print receipts from the portable SM-S220i
For the folks who have never used Square Register before, it’s super simple. It’s essentially a digital cash register that comes with a plug-and-play accessory for taking credit card payments. It then sends receipts via SMS, or, with version 3.2, prints them on your Bluetooth printer.
The Register app can also accept payments via Square Wallet, the company’s wireless payment service. With Wallet, you can pay for items by telling a Square-friendly cashier your first and last name—no NFC, no scanners. It’s still in its infancy, but the concept is super interesting.
At any rate, it comes down to if I were a small business owner, with a physical retail location, I’d definitely use Square Register. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find the latest version in the App Store, for both the iPhone and iPad for free. More info at Square.com.