Today, Square announced two new ways to take payments, delivering a new payment reader with a Lightning connector and adding the ability to its Square Reader for magstripe to allow payment to be tendered through a Mac PC or Chromebook.
The original Square Reader made its debut nearly a decade ago and utilized the 3.5mm headphone jack to create a connection to a device. Since that time, the headphone jack has been phased out on a lot of newer Apple devices and as such, the firm has introduced its new reader so that it can plug into Apple's Lightning port. Much like the original, the new Square Reader for magstripe with Lightning connector will retail for just $10. Square will also continue to carry the original with a headphone jack.
The company is bringing more flexibility to its original magstripe reader as well, allowing folks to use the device on a Mac PC running the Chrome browser or Chromebook. Users will simply have to plug in the device into their 3.5mm audio jack, open the Virtual Terminal, and then follow the prompts to get it set up. Those interested can pick up the new reader from Square's online shop.