The Ultimate Guide to Building Your iOS POS system

iOS POS systems look sharp sitting on a counter or mounted on a wall, so it’s no wonder why retailers and restaurants are drawn to these sleek setups for their establishments. Whether you need fixed terminals or a mobile solution, an iOS POS system can fulfill all your needs.

 

Are you in the market for a new iOS POS system? If so, keep these points in mind while you’re shopping around.

  1. iOS Device: If you’re using an iPad or other iOS technology you already own, make sure it has the most recent update that the hardware will support. If you have older devices, make absolutely sure the POS software you want to run supports your hardware — before you invest in it. A better strategy is to choose your POS software first — find a solution that offers features and functionality you need to run your business — then select the hardware. All iPad POS solutions aren’t the same. Look for options such as clock in/out, split checks, payments, scheduling and inventory tracking that can help you run your business.
  1. iPad enclosure: Although iOS POS systems are feature-rich, they aren’t ruggedized devices. An iPad or iTouch is a consumer-grade device, nowhere near tough enough for retail and restaurant workplaces. iOS devices that get wet or hot will have functionality issues, so protecting your technology with a specialized enclosure is imperative to staying online. iPads left unattended are targets for loss and theft, so opt for an enclosure that allows you to secure the device to a wall or counter. Some enclosures can be fitted to stands that flip and swivel into a customer-facing position, so shoppers can sign for credit card transactions or add a tip.
  1. Peripherals: iOS POS systems differ from more traditional POS solutions when it comes to peripherals. If you need a 2D barcode scanner, scale integration, receipt printer and customer display, make sure your solution has options to keep everything connected. Printing receipts from an iOS POS system can present a particular challenge for merchants. A great solution is Star Micronics’ TSP654II AirPrint, the First Receipt Printer on the market with AirPrint™ Certification. TSP654II printers allow merchants to print from their iOS devices without installing specific printer drivers.
  1. Aesthetic Appeal: One of the iPad’s main selling points is the tablet’s stylish design. If you selected an iOS POS system, chances are you care about how it looks. Don’t cover up a glossy iPad with a clunky enclosure or pair it with nondescript peripherals. Make sure your enclosure and peripherals enhance the iOS POS system and are as chic as their surroundings. Star Micronics offers mPOP™, Mobile Point of Purchase, the first hybrid for tablet POS that combines a cash drawer and printer peripheral. The unit’s ergonomic but fully integrated design works with the tablet or mobile device of your choice, so you can have a mobile solution without compromising space, quality design or functionality.

iOS POS systems can be a great choice for your store or restaurant if you strategically design a system that will meet your business’ needs, withstand a harsh commercial environment and complement your brand with the look you want. Work with an experienced POS solution provider to help you incorporate those elements into your solution — and more— to help you get the most out of your investment.

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Apple POS System with AirPrint Receipt Printers

iPad POS systems are extremely popular in retail, restaurant and hospitality venues. It’s easy to see why — an Apple POS system is sleek, attractive and compact — so they look great and they’re small enough to be used in tight spaces.

iPad POS systems are feature-rich, affordable and easy to and use, but printing receipts from an Apple POS system can present a challenge for merchants. Although Apple offers its AirPrint® technology, which allows users to print photos and documents from any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, AirPrint wasn’t available for receipt printers.

To meet this need, Star Micronics developed a suite of printing solutions including the StarPRNT SDK and PassPRNT, so receipts could be printed using a Bluetooth-enabled receipt printer. Most recently, Star Micronics unveiled its new TSP654II AirPrint, the first 80 and 58mm receipt printer to be Apple AirPrint certified.

What does this mean for Apple POS system users?

  1. No need to download or install drivers

There’s no need to get the help desk involved in connecting a wireless printer to your Apple POS system. Forget about workarounds and downloads: users will be able to wirelessly print receipts without installing specific printer drivers, extra configurations or software. Star’s TSP654II AirPrint includes both Ethernet and WLAN capabilities, so it will work seamlessly with Apple iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macbooks on any private network.

  1. Print receipts and orders right from your Apple POS System (Mac, iPad or iPhone devices)

AirPrint support is pre-installed on iOS devices, so you can use this familiar interface to connect to and begin printing from the new printer. The TSP654II features a fast, 300 mm per second print speed, high-quality 203 dpi print, compact footprint and aesthetic design. Faster print speeds at the Apple point of sale will help shave a few seconds off each transaction, which means less waiting and more efficient customer service.

  1. Control your cash drawer from your Apple POS System (Mac, iPad or iPhone)

A printer-controlled cash drawer must be connected to a receipt printer if you want it to open automatically at the end of a transaction. Although AirPrint has limited ability to control cash drawers, it gives developers previously using the StarPRNT SDK another option when programming printer control.  The TSP654II is available in charcoal black or ultra-white to match the Star CB2002 cash drawer options.

Why choose the TSP654II AirPrint from Star Micronics?

Until now, there hasn’t been a “plug and play” receipt printing solution for Apple POS systems. The TSP654II is the first Apple certified receipt printer that works seamlessly over any private network, with any Apple device. In addition to high-speed printing, the new printer includes “drop in and print” paper loading and an improved guillotine auto-cutter. The TSP654II is a flexible printing solution that can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box. A splash-proof cover is also available for added durability. The TSP654II is compatible with Star Cloud Services’ digital receipt solution and the AllReceipts App.

Apple POS systems are popular among business owners because they’re affordable and easy to learn and use. Despite their popularity, it wasn’t simple to print a receipt from an iPad POS solution—until now. Star Micronics’ new TSP65411 is the first AirPrint-certified receipt printer on the market, that allows users to print from their Apple POS system without any extra steps. In addition to groundbreaking technology, the new printer also includes the quality features and design details that meet Apple’s high operational standards.

Star Micronics Introduces the new TSP654II AirPrint

January 2018

Star Micronics Introduces the new TSP654II AirPrint

The First Receipt Printer on the Market with AirPrintCertification

Always leading – always innovating, Star Micronics is proud to announce the newest addition to the Star Micronics family of printers, the TSP650IIAirPrint. This new technology easily integrates with any iOS system. As the first POS printer with Apple AirPrint certification, you will no longer need to worry about installing drivers or other technology. You will simply utilize the familiar iOS print routine, printing from the receipt printer with AirPrint just as you would from a standard inkjet or laser printer. It’s as easy as that.

 

 

 

In addition to innovative printer support, AirPrint also enables control over Star Micronics cash drawer and ticket alarm from the connected iOS device.

 

 

Star Micronics now offers users and developers the options to introduce AirPrint as a “ready to go” solution for applications that generally do not support direct printing.

“It really is a great way to bring receipt printing to your customers with almost no effort,” said David Salisbury, Director of Development at Star Micronics.

 


For questions regarding product availability and pricing, please call Customer Service at 800-782-7636.
 

Star Micronics Offers First Look at New, Innovative Solutions

 

 

 

NRF 2018: Star Micronics Offers First Look at New, Innovative Solutions

Somerset, NJ – January 26, 2017Star Micronics, a leading global manufacturer of mobile, point of sale (POS) and customer engagement technologies, showcased its newest innovations at NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show.

NRF 2018 was held in New York in the Jacob K. Javits Center from January 14-16 and Star Micronics exhibited its latest POS innovations in booth #2745, including:

 

1st AirPrint® receipt printer

The TSP650II is the first receipt printer on the market with Apple AirPrint® Certification.  This printer will work seamlessly with all Apple® devices, ensuring quick set up and high-quality receipt printing. The TSP650II AirPrint will enable Apple users to continue with the familiar AirPrint experience while using their Apple iOS® POS system.

 

mCollection

mC-Print: Chic, Compact, Complete printer collection

Star Micronics new mC-Print receipt printers were designed specifically to expand Star Micronics’ Mobile POS solutions. This mPOS printer is stylish, chic, and compact. With multi-interface support and peripheral connectivity, this Cloud Service-ready receipt printer is equipped to handle retailers’ needs with style.

mPOP + Peripherals:

Now, the mPOP has additional optional peripherals for merchants to choose from, such as 2D barcode scanner, scale, customer display, and port to external cash drawer. With these added peripherals, retailers and restaurateurs can transform their mPOP into a complete, versatile point of sale hub in order to accept a wider variety of transactions in higher volume.

 

 

PromoPRNT

PromoPRNT is a new service available to Star Cloud Services members that empowers retailers to create printed promotions in addition to receipts. PromoPRNT delivers two services through the Star Cloud Services Dashboard, Promo Maker and Promo Manager. Promo Maker is a simple way to create and design receipt promotions. Promo Manager allows retailers to schedule the length of a promotional campaign and to view insights from their campaigns.  Ultimately, with these PromoPRNT tools, retailers will be able to deliver incentives directly to shopper’s hands.

Sophatar® POS Signage™

Sophatar® POS Signage is another new service available to all Star Cloud Services members for a low monthly cost. This innovative digital signage solution analyzes retailers’ POS sales data through the Star Micronics printer and Star Cloud to display popular sales items.  If the retailer doesn’t have images of best-selling items on hand, Sophatar® POS Signage will automatically search for images using UPC codes and textual descriptions of the products.

 

This year’s booth partners:

  • Vend
  • SuiteRetail
  • BizTracker
  • nClose

If you spent some time at our booth at NRF 2018, thank you,” Said Christophe Naasz, Director of Business Development at Star Micronics America, Inc. “We have so many innovative and groundbreaking solutions scheduled for release in 2018. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to give the industry a sneak peek.”

 

About Star Micronics

Star Micronics, one of the world’s largest POS providers, has designated a portfolio of printing, secure cash management, and customer engagement solutions for any retail or hospitality establishment in POS and mPOS environments. Embracing the mobility wave, Star’s complementary SDKs allow users to utilize Star printers in tandem with Android™, iOS iPad®, and iPhone® devices to generate receipts for all of its printers. Always leading, and always innovating, Star Micronics enables web-based printing solutions including remote cloud printing, wireless cash drawer solutions, proximity-based printing, and secure cash management. For more information, visit www.starmicronics.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn.

 

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