Square made the announcement on Thursday that it would begin supporting Apple’s Tap to Pay technology before the end of this year. A beta test for the technology will be available this summer as part of the company’s Early Access Program.
In order to accept payments, a business that uses Square for sales must employ the company’s well-known dongle. With Apple’s Tap to Pay functionality, it should be possible to process a significant portion of payments using only an iPhone and the Square application. Users of Square’s point-of-sale (POS) app will soon be able to pay with their iPhones.
Square’s rival Stripe was the first Square competitor to receive support from Apple when Tap to Pay was first unveiled in February of that year. Payments made in the Shopify POS app are now supported via the Stripe-Shopify integration. To use the tap-to-pay feature, you must have an iPhone model XS or later, which means the Square dongle may not be going away any time soon. Many vendors find it attractive since it allows them to accept a wider range of payment options. A lot of Square users may still want to use a dongle instead.
While Square stated that spaces for its Early Access Program are restricted and did not indicate when the program would begin, you can sign up for the program right now at Square’s website.