iPad POS Systems

An iPad point-of-sale (POS) system is POS software specifically designed for use on Apple's iPad. The iPad's attractive design, user-friendly interface, and relatively affordable setup and maintenance costs make iPad POS systems an appealing choice for retail operations. As a result, more and more point-of-sale vendors are releasing iPad applications for their POS systems.

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iVend Retail

4,000+ customers in 45 countries are running iVend Retail by CitiXsys Americas Inc., an integrated suite of applications that delivers sales and operational tools for stores including e-commerce, mobility and more....Read more

3.90 (15 reviews)

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Lightspeed Retail

Lightspeed Retail is a cloud-based POS solution that is suitable for retailers in industries such as apparel, footwear, bike, jewelry, pet, sporting goods and home decor. The solution offers retailers tools including inventory man...Read more

4.23 (836 reviews)

44 recommendations

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Vend

Vend is a cloud-based point of sale system for retailers of all types and sizes. Vend offers tools to help manage the customer experience, as well as sales, inventory, customer data and more. Vend is designed to work on vario...Read more

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Bindo POS

Bindo POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce within a suite. The solution integrates with online marketplaces so that shoppers can purchase products dir...Read more

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TouchBistro

TouchBistro is an all-in-one POS and restaurant management system that makes running a restaurant easier. Providing the most essential front of house, back of house, and guest engagement solutions on one powerful platform, TouchBi...Read more

4.07 (338 reviews)

11 recommendations

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Toast POS

Toast POS is a flexible system built exclusively for restaurants and the food service industry. Offering tools like online ordering, delivery, takeout, mobile app ordering, contactless payments, and e-gift card purchasing, this so...Read more

4.13 (300 reviews)

56 recommendations

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Unified Commerce Platform

enVista offers cloud-based retail management solutions that help users manage the daily operations of a single store or multiple locations in real-time. enVista's unified commerce software solutions are delivered as an integrated ...Read more

4.38 (12 reviews)

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Revel Systems

Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with...Read more

3.72 (295 reviews)

67 recommendations

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Lightspeed POS

Crafted specifically for the hospitality industry and perfect for cafes, restaurants, bars, and any other hospitality business imaginable. Lightspeed Kounta POS is the point of sale that is easy to use, simple to manage and powerf...Read more

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Retail Express

About Retail Express: Retail Express is a cloud-based retail POS software solution built with enterprise-level integrations and features at an affordable cost for single store, multi-store and enterprise retailers. Since launchi...Read more

4.07 (15 reviews)

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is a mobile POS system available for iOS and Android devices. Key capabilities of the Square POS system include online payment processing, sales reports, inventory tracking, digital receipts, email and SMS mar...Read more

4.66 (1759 reviews)

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STORIS

STORIS provides integrated retail software solutions for furniture, bedding, and appliance retailers. STORIS has been serving the home furnishings industry for 30 years. STORIS’ technology platform enables retailers to implement a...Read more

4.35 (46 reviews)

5 recommendations

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Sapaad

Sapaad is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and restaurant management system designed for food businesses, such as cafes, fast food and full-service, walk-in, dine-in, take-out and home delivery. It offers point-of-sale (POS), cus...Read more

4.34 (32 reviews)

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Hike

Hike is a cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) system that features an iPad app. It includes inventory management, e-commerce, appointment booking and sales reporting and analytics. This system supports single location retailers up to ...Read more

3.92 (37 reviews)

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AdaPos more+

AdaPOS more+ is a retail point-of-sale (POS) solution suited for businesses with multiple locations. It includes point of sale software, inventory management, customer management, e-commerce and merchandise planning capabilities. ...Read more

3.33 (3 reviews)

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Amicus

Amicus is a Windows-based point-of-sale (POS) system that can be used by businesses of all sizes. Typical businesses include restaurants, cafes and small and large retail stores. Amicus includes POS, inventory management and ...Read more

2.50 (2 reviews)

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PHP Point of Sale

PHP POS is a hybrid point of sale (POS) solution that helps small and startup retail businesses across various industries to manage their day to day business operations, interact with customers and process financial transactions. ...Read more

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GoFrugal

GoFrugal POS is a hybrid point of sale (POS) solution that helps retailers across various industries, to manage their distribution and billing routines and automate financial transactions. The solution can be deployed either on-pr...Read more

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Epos Now

Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including gen...Read more

3.75 (286 reviews)

53 recommendations

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Ordyx

ORDYX is a cloud-based point-of-sale solution designed for small, midsize and large bars and restaurants. Primary features include online ordering, loyalty programs, inventory tracking, time and attendance and delivery management....Read more

3.29 (21 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 14, 2022

In this guide we'll cover:

What is an iPad POS system?
Deployment Options
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
Hardware

Note: This guide covers POS systems specifically with respect to Apple's iPad. For POS solutions that may work for other tablets, see our tablet POS guide; and for systems that can run on any mobile device (including smartphones), see our mobile POS (mPOS) guide.

What is an iPad POS system?

An iPad point-of-sale (POS) system is POS software specifically designed for use on Apple's iPad. The iPad's attractive design, user-friendly interface, and relatively affordable setup and maintenance costs make iPad POS systems an appealing choice for retail operations. As a result, more and more point-of-sale vendors are releasing iPad applications for their POS systems. However, no iPad POS solution is perfect. Each type of deployment has its benefits and drawbacks.

 

Deployment Options

Web-based systems. With this deployment option, users access a vendor's point-of-sale application by logging into the system via a Web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox etc.). The benefit of this type of application is that retailers don't have to worry about software updates and backups. While many Web-based point-of-sale applications are responsive-developed to be viewable on a variety of devices at different resolutions—they may not be developed specifically for iPad, so the experience may not be flawless.

Remote access. In a remote access point-of-sale environment, the system is hosted in a central location and is accessed remotely via a virtual private network (VPN). It's important to note that remote managed applications are prone to "back door" attacks and should comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, more commonly referred to as PCI compliance. This deployment option is becoming less commonplace.

Native iPad apps. Native iPad point of sale applications are developed specifically for iOS powered devices and deliver the best possible user experience. Native applications are installed directly to the iPad or other Apple device. The benefit is these applications are typically fast and reliable. The downside is they may require fees to upgrade and manual updating.

Benefits and Potential Issues

iPad POS systems are often great solutions for retail start-ups, small retail operations and mobile retailers (e.g., food truck vendors) because they're easy to implement, scalable and affordable compared to traditional POS systems.

Product grid view in Lightspeed

Product grid view in Lightspeed

However, reporting and inventory management for some point-of-sale solutions, Square for example, are limited or non-existent. Retailers who handle large amounts of cash, require detailed reporting capabilities or use many external devices, such as signature pads, bar code readers and displays, may prefer a traditional POS system for handling transactions. Fortunately, many traditional providers now offer iPad applications or support via one of the deployment models mentioned above.

Retailers that adopt the right types of iPad POS software for their operations stand to benefit in many ways, such as:

Low upfront costs. Equipment and software for a single user iPad POS system can cost between $1,000 and $3,500, depending on hardware requirements and number of terminals.

Increased mobility. Because iPad devices are portable, retailers are free to move the checkout to the customer to provide faster service. This is especially important in restaurant operations and non-traditional storefronts, such as food trucks and pop-up markets, where a traditional POS system that lacks portability is inconvenient.

Improved data management. With an iPad POS system, retailers can efficiently manage receipts, credit card information and customer data. Additionally, these types of systems often include real-time tracking of sales data, so managers always have up-to-date information for making operational decisions.

Retailers that fail to realize some of these core benefits often do so because they:

  • Do not have the right infrastructure in place to support integration of software systems from different vendors.
  • Do not adequately prepare staff for adoption of new software.
  • Fail to properly train staff on how to leverage the software's full scope of features and functionality.

Markets Trends to Understand

E-payments and mobile wallet. In a Hospitality Technology report on POS software trends, 62.5 percent of respondents said enabling new payment options was a key motivator for pursuing a POS upgrade. At the same time, 35.6 percent of respondents said mobile wallet integration is a top feature they will look for when purchasing new point-of-sale software. There are many iPad POS systems available on the market which include electronic payment options.

Cloud software. From the same report, 40.7 percent of respondents said they want to centralize their POS data and will look at cloud and hosted software solutions to meet that need. Cloud-based point of sale software makes it easier for retailers to operate using new and secure technology, have instant access to sales data and scale up by way of integrating value add modules, such gift cards and loyalty reward programs. With a cloud-based system, there's no need to manage a secure server, schedule data backups or depend on administrators for upgrades.

Hardware

When calculating the cost of iPad point-of-sale software, it's important to include hardware equipment costs. Make sure hardware choices are compatible by contacting the vendor. Common POS hardware components include:

Tablets iPad POS software typically supports iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Touch. Apple's tablets are often considered pricy compared to others, with costs ranging from $229 for an iPad Mini to $499 and more for iPads.
Stands and mounts iPad stands and mounts position and protect the devices. Costs typically range between $49 and $349, with high-end models reaching price points from $500 to $1,000 range.
Card reader Most iPad POS software packages include a credit card reader. When purchased separately, card readers typically have price tags between $10 and $100.
Barcode scanner iPads have a built-in camera that can serve as a barcode scanner. Retailers who scan barcodes frequently may prefer a handheld or mounted scanner, however. Costs typically range from $170 to $529 per device.
Receipt printer iPad compatible receipt and label printer costs range from $299 to $479.
Cash drawer Depending on your security requirements, cash drawer prices typically range between $100 and $299.