Shopify is making its own cleverly designed credit card reader

Friday, 16 June 2017, 12:45:49 AM. Shopify supplies software for companies for both online stores and retail locations, and today its making the jump over to hardware with a new card reader that it designed itself, via TechCrunch. W...

Shopify supplies software for companies for both online stores and retail locations, and today its making the jump over to hardware with a new card reader that it designed itself, via TechCrunch.

While Shopify has supported and sold other card readers before, the new Chip & Swipe Reader has been completely designed in-house by Shopify, and features a far more simplified and elegant look than some of the older, clunky third-party models on offer. The new reader also has some clever design hallmarks: it can accept both swipes and chip-based dips, is designed to work at a retail cashier or on-the-go with a smartphone, and is built to be easy to use with only one hand.

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The Chip & Swipe Reader connects to an Android or iOS device over Bluetooth, charges over Micro-USB, and Shopify claims that it can last up to “400 chip or 700 swipe transactions” between charges.

The reader is also being offered for free to new Shopify point-of-sale merchants, which should help the company get them out in the world quickly (existing customers will be able to pick one up for $29.) Pre-orders are available now on Shopify’s website, with the Chip & Swipe Reader expected to ship in June.

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