Apple Store POS Handhelds

ravman

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Have you guys seen those POS handhelds the staff use in the Apple stores? Of course you have.

Guess what operating system they run on? The irony of it all!
 
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I have no clue what you are talking about....

Im going to make an educated guess and say they are using windows mobile phones...
 

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You've not seen those hand helds? They can process credit/debit card sales/returns and print the receipts off on printers dotted around the store. That way you don't always have to line up for the cashiers. You know, where they have 4 members of staff serving one customer and 50 people lining up waiting to be served.

Yup, they are running on Windoze Mobile. After all those adverts knocking Windows, they end up having to use it after all, because they don't have the technology themselves.

Kind of funny really.


I have no clue what you are talking about....

Im going to make an educated guess and say they are using windows mobile phones...
 

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Apple doesn't really cater to that market at all, so there's not much irony at all. I see where you're coming from, though.

I had never seen those things before I went to the Apple store in A.C. a couple weeks back to get some crystal shields... and I'm looking around for the "cash desk" informal-looking thing they have at my local Apple store. Well this one had the even more informal POS handhelds. Good thing the guy figured out my confusion, or else I'd have had to hunt someone down... but then there's no place to sit my product down so I can actually handle my wallet or credit card. It's just awkward... who the hell thought that was a good idea?

I'm sorry, I just don't get it.
 

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i have seen them and asked the person using it why they had that and not a NEWTON, the response i got is "what is a newton?"
 

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Ubiquitous Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded

Those handheld devices that run Windows Mobile (or Windows CE), as well as Windows Embedded, are fairly prevalent everywhere you go.

When you go to Home Depot, their handheld Symbol Technologies scanners are Windows Mobile. Home Depot's self-service check-out screens?...Windows Embedded. Grocery store self-service check-out?...Windows Embedded. In casinos, the Bally's video poker machines (and other games)?...you guessed it...Windows Embedded. The flight attendants on American Airlines (and others) use Windows Mobile devices to scan your credit card when they sell you drinks and food on board. Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded (XP and Vista) are very ubiquitous in everyday life.



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Those handheld devices that run Windows Mobile (or Windows CE), as well as Windows Embedded, are fairly prevalent everywhere you go.

When you go to Home Depot, their handheld Symbol Technologies scanners are Windows Mobile. Home Depot's self-service check-out screens?...Windows Embedded. Grocery store self-service check-out?...Windows Embedded. In casinos, the Bally's video poker machines (and other games)?...you guessed it...Windows Embedded. The flight attendants on American Airlines (and others) use Windows Mobile devices to scan your credit card when they sell you drinks and food on board. Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded (XP and Vista) are very ubiquitous in everyday life.



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However, the seatback screens on Delta are Linux. :)

Having worked closely with the companies that make those scanners (Symbol, Intermec, Psion Teklogix, etc), I can tell you that they'd never be able to produce those products with less than a capable OS that is supported by it's manufacturer, and that means Microsoft. Palm was too kludgey (Symbol made a bunch and they were crapola with WiFi), and Apple is too uncooperative and closed.
 

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You get what you pay for...

However, the seatback screens on Delta are Linux.
...and many travelers can verify this because (based on many flights with Delta), there is a least one bad screen, usually more, that is stuck in the infinite loop of rebooting into Linux. :p




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