How to Choose the Best iPad as your point-of-sale

 Since its inception in 2010, the iPad has gone through several iterations.

Apple didn't create something that would satisfy as a home entertainment device, but one which could potentially function as a laptop replacement for your company needs. From the multi-purpose iPad into the high-performing iPad Pro as well as the various sizes each come in, the choice consumers have when choosing an iPad is almost overbearing.

At ConnectPOS, we are frequently asked by our customers whether our point-of-sale works on their iPad, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of each iPad. To answer this only, ConnectPOS POS works on any iPad -- since it requires minimal operating ability to operate properly.

There are however, pros and cons to every device, which we will outline here to help you determine which iPad POS is right for you and your retailing needs.

iPad Pro

The first thing you'll notice when looking at an iPad Guru is that it comes in two different sizes:

  • 5-inch iPad Guru
  • 12.9-inch iPad Guru

Beyond the screen dimensions, it is important to say that the technical specifications on each are the exact same. But there are lots of distinctions to create on screen size that are important to take into account.

The first being, would a bigger screen make things easier for your employees and match your in-store aesthetics, or does the smaller iPad Pro provide you with greater portability when carrying around and selling on-the-go? Consider also that a bigger iPad Pro also means an increase in weight, with the iPad Guru 12.9-inch coming in at 1.57pounds. Whilst not a problem if you plan on keeping it stationary, with a 12.9-inch iPad Guru to market on-the-go, could prove awkward.

Besides that point of difference nonetheless, the iPad Guru is a brilliant piece of technology that utilises an A10X processor and 4GB RAM for high-performance and faster speeds. To put simply, this means that you could have more apps open at once with no lag when switching between applications. This is particularly useful when you want ConnectPOS and among your accounting or eCommerce applications open simultaneously.

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Other features include:

Vibrant colors : With the iPad Guru's retina screen and True Tone colour-adjusting screen, your POS will appear positively dazzling. With a quicker refresh rate, your goods will standout to your employees and clients. In addition, you note that the larger the size of your iPad Pro display, the larger your products will appear.

Safety: Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, is now a staple of Apple's tablet and iPhone range, and provides retailers with biometric protection. The fingerprint scanner is very responsive, and installation only takes minutes.

Battery life: With an impressive quote battery life of 10 hours, the iPad Pro can take you through a complete day of retailing before you want to charge it . Best for those on-the-go vendors, that do not have a power supply actively offered.

There are however, noticeable drawbacks that prevents the iPad Guru from being a real laptop replacement. The most noticeable entrance is an out of the box, tactile keyboard. Apple's Smart Keyboard can be purchased as an optional accessory, and attaches itself to the iPad quite easily, but doesn't have a touchpad. This means that there'll be quite a bit of back and forth between your iPad and keyboard, in case you choose to pair them both, when it comes to selling things.

iPad

After quitting the iPad Air 2, Apple re-launched their affordable tablet as the iPad. Offered in just one size, 9.7-inch, the iPad was designed with private entertainment use in mind.

Coming in at 7.5 millimeters, the 2017 iPad version is a bit thicker than the iPad Air 2 (6.1millimeter thickness), but the gap in portability is negligible. Indeed, the thinner size compared to the iPad Guru, which makes this iPad the most mobile of Apple's range, weighing only 1.03lbs.

Additionally, it improves in the Air 2 in several ways, including its A9 chip battery life which like the iPad Pro can go 10 hours without charge. The quicker A9 chipset, is especially useful when talking about the iPad in terms of playing games, and web-browsing capacities, as it highlights the iPad's main purpose.

All of this points to the iPad as an superb content intake device, but it's functionality on a POS system, namely ConnectPOS, can also be well-regarded.

That's not to say there are drawbacks as the iPad's toned-down technical specifications (compared to the iPad Guru ) means that particular productivity jobs, such as multi-tasking will take a hit for this. Yet as a platform to easily operate ConnectPOS POS, the iPad functions to a excellent standard.



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Mobile and/or Wi-Fi

Much like size, iPads offer you the choice of picking a Cellular and/or Wi-Fi empowered iPad. Selecting a Wi-Fi only iPad will imply your shop's iPad can only connected via a Wi-Fi hotspot. A Wi-Fi/Cellular iPad version, will connect to the internet through a mobile link as long as you have signed up for a cellular data plan.

Selecting the ideal iPad may seem like an intimidating process, but know that if tossing up between an iPad (or elderly iPad Air) and iPad Guru, both are fully compatible with ConnectPOS. There are of course, advantages and disadvantages of each, as we have labelled out previously, but these are more given to your store's specific needs.

Understand what your shop, staff, and even yourself will need from your iPad prior to your buy one for your POS first.

See also
  1. https://www.connectpos.com/what-is-quote-management-in-pos/
  2. https://www.connectpos.com/how-sme-attract-footfall-to-offline-stores/
  3. https://www.connectpos.com/inventory-management-for-successful-retailers/

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