updated 09:40 am EST, Thu December 3, 2009
iPod-based retail tech to go on sale?
Apple is considering making its new iPod touch-based EasyPay checkout system commercially available, a report claims. The company recently switched to the Touch from older Windows CE technology, pairing it with custom software and a case that doubles as a card reader and barcode scanner. Sources say that Apple has since been approached by a number of parties looking to license the technology, ranging from small businesses up to major retail chains and system integrators.
The standard response has been that EasyPay is a proprietary product, not up for sale. Apple executives may be prepared to offer EasyPay to third parties however, as they are allegedly asking retail business specialists to collect contact information for people making inquiries. The goal is believed to be creating a database of potential customers, though whether or not Apple is just gauging interest remains unknown.