Square announced on Thursday that it will begin supporting Apple’s Tap to Pay technology later this year, with a beta test scheduled for this summer as part of the company’s Early Access Program.
Currently, if a company uses Square to process sales, it must utilize Square’s well-known dongle to receive payments. With compatibility with Apple’s Tap to Pay, it should be able to process a significant portion of payments using only an iPhone and the Square app. The new program will let iPhone users pay with their phones within Square’s POS app.
Tap to Pay was first unveiled by Apple in February 2022, and it initially supported Square’s competitor Stripe. Payments made through the Shopify POS app are also supported by the relationship with Stripe. The Tap to Pay function is presently only available on iPhone models XS and later, and with the Square dongle needing consumers to have cards or phones that allow tapping to pay, it’s unlikely to go away anytime soon. Its allure for many vendors is the ease with which it allows them to accept new forms of payment. For many Square users, the dongle may still be the best option.