iPod touch: Apple’s New Retail Scanner

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Apple is ramping up its retail stores for the holiday buying season, and one of the biggest changes will be retiring its Windows CE-based handheld sales system for the iPod touch, according to ifoAppleStore.

The iPod touch-based point of sale (POS) systems will include an add-on scanner that lets employees scan multiple barcodes at the same time. The new system should let employees scan a product's price code, serial number, and product code in a single pass. In the case of the iPhone, it will scan the IMEI and ICCI bar codes, too.

In addition to being able to show off Apple technology, switching to an iPod touch-based POS means employees won't have to rely on the Windows-based EasyPay devices they currently use. The EasyPay POS devices apparently are crash-prone, offer slow performance, and drop their Wi-Fi connections, according to store employees.

Apple is also phasing out the color coded t-shirt scheme for employees and will be moving to the same color shirt for all staff. The change is in response to customer feedback saying the multiple shirt color plan was confusing.

Shoppers will see the new retail scanners and shirt colors in Apple's stores soon.

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Stephen Swift

I wonder if they’re attaching on a receipt printer too… or maybe they’ll just push the email receipt, and if you want a physical copy, pick one up from the front counter.

Either way Apple, stop hoarding all these great hardware add-ons: screen sharing cables, barcode scanners, receipt printers. wink


Amen Swift. We know the devices can do so much more. Heck, a USB ProScope would work with an iPhone 3G or iPod Touch, or even an iPod Classic as a field forensic device. I’ve been trying to get Apple to bite on that idea for years!


As of the OS X v 3.0, 3rd Party manufacturers can create devices that work with the iPhone and iPod Touch.  So what are you complaining about?

Stephen Swift

But there’s not a lot out there yet.  I’m sure the folks at Griffin have some ideas, and we’ll see more 3rd party accessories at some point.  I was simply lamenting that Apple seems to be making a bunch of products for internal use only like their special screen sharing cable.

Jeff Gamet

Maybe Apple using add-on hardware with the iPod touch will help kickstart the market for cool third party devices. Of course, if Apple starts changing the dock connector with every new iPhone or iPod touch (think Palm), no one will want to jump on board.


This article is confusing, because when referring to Windows CE-based devices, it’s not clear whether “POS” is supposed to mean “point-of-sale” or “piece of s—t.”

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