Square Digital Payments Platform Today Launch announced An Early Access program that adds support for the Square Point of Sale app to Apple’s Tap to Pay feature on the iPhone.
Small businesses and independent sellers using Square will be able to accept contactless payments in person using the iPhone and Square apps, without the need for any additional hardware.
Square’s Tap to Pay feature on the iPhone will launch in full later this year, but an Early Access program is available for select sellers starting today, allowing the company to try out Tap to Pay before it debuts. Square users interested in Tap to Pay can sign up to try it out. on the Square website,
Apple introduced Tap to Pay on the iPhone in February, designed to allow NFC-enabled iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets without additional hardware. Gone was the feature.
Currently, Square’s payment solution requires a dongle that is connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth or to a phone via the Lightning port. The new solution won’t require typical Square hardware.
Stripe and Dutch payment processing company Aiden have already implemented support for Tap to Pay. As of now, the Tap to Pay option is limited to the United States.