Square Announces Tap to Pay on iPhone Early Access Program

Digital payments platform Square today announced the launch of an early access program that adds support for Apple's Tap to Pay on iPhone feature to the Square Point of Sale app.

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Small businesses and independent sellers who use Square will be able to accept in-person contactless payments using an ‌iPhone‌ and the Square app, with no additional hardware required.

Square's Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌ feature will launch in full later this year, but an early access program is available for select sellers starting today, allowing the company to test Tap to Pay before it debuts. Square users interested in Tap to Pay can sign up to test it on the Square website.

Apple introduced Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌ back in February, with the feature designed to let NFC-compatible iPhones accept payments through Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets with no add-on hardware.

At the current time, Square's payment solution requires a dongle that is connected to the ‌iPhone‌ over Bluetooth or plugged into the phone through the Lightning port. The new solution will not require Square's typical hardware.

Stripe and Dutch payment processing company Adyen have already implemented support for Tap to Pay. As of right now, the Tap to Pay option is limited to the United States.

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Top Rated Comments

dontwalkhand Avatar
26 months ago

Why would you use Square after this feature is introduced?
You still need a payment processor, like Square. This feature only replaces the card reader, not Square.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dontwalkhand Avatar
26 months ago

Sure, if you don't have cash. But if you're going to be someone who uses cash, you're also going to have it in your wallet or pocket at all times when you're out. And if you have it in your wallet or pockets with you're out, it's far easier to just pull it out and hand it over to someone than it is to mess around, tapping phones like it's freakin' E.T.

Another classic example of a solution to a problem that never existed.
Let's not invent new things at all, after all, the candle still provides light, and the horse and buggy is more environmentally friendly than any Tesla!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFan23 Avatar
26 months ago

You know what's even easier? Handing someone currency.
In what way is that easier?

Maybe if you already happen to have the physical cash already on your person but otherwise it's far less convenient.

Personally, using my phone or watch which I always have on my is far easier, besides, this still also takes debit and credit cards for those who still use them.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iGeneo Avatar
26 months ago

You know what's even easier? Handing someone currency.
What is this? 1999? ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
26 months ago
Cannot wait to have Tap to Pay on iPhone everywhere.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unregbaron Avatar
26 months ago
Why would you use Square after this feature is introduced?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)