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Hi everyone, I thought I would introduce myself before I get flamed horrendously. I wrote an article recently about a recent visit to the Apple store and how I found out that they use Windows Mobile powered devices to complete transactions. I thought it was really ironic.

The article can be found here: Link to the Article

Nice to meet everyone and I hope I get involved in more lively discussions.
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and Apple is already in the process of migrating to iPhone based devices

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post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by technic View Post

I thought it was really ironic.

Did you? Well it's not!

The Apple stores were have been around long before the iPhone and iPod Touch. What were they supposed to use ? As another poster has said... Apple will be moving the POS tech to their own stuff.

You're an "Examiner". Try examining next time.
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Even if they are transitioning as you suggest, the fact that they used them at all is ironic when you consider the numerous hilarious, yet poignant, "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. The willingness to use those portable POS devices for such a long period makes it seem like the rivalry is a little manufactured. I don't buy the argument that the Mac OS isn't easily capable of handling such transactions.

If you were the leader of Apple, wouldn't you stick with standard POS units until you could use your own technology for a mobile solution? Keep, in mind that I'm not Apple bashing. I'm looking at this from a business perspective. I couldn't imagine that it cost less to buy all those portable units than to deploy a standard POS system.
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Originally Posted by technic View Post

Even if they are transitioning as you suggest, the fact that they used them at all is ironic when you consider the numerous hilarious, yet poignant, "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. The willingness to use those portable POS devices for such a long period makes it seem like the rivalry is a little manufactured. I don't buy the argument that the Mac OS isn't easily capable of handling such transactions.

If you were the leader of Apple, wouldn't you stick with standard POS units until you could use your own technology for a mobile solution? Keep, in mind that I'm not Apple bashing. I'm looking at this from a business perspective. I couldn't imagine that it cost less to buy all those portable units than to deploy a standard POS system.

Your article didn't suggest that Apple use standard POS units (What standard is that anyway?). You intimated that Apple should be using their own technology.... even though, for most of the life of the Apple stores, they had nothing suitable.

Look technic, I really don't mean to be rude but your article is a mixed up mess of routers, Apple stores and POS systems. Whether Apple using Microsoft gear is ironic... is up for debate but it certainly is OLD news. It's nice of you to give us a head's up... but I don't think anybody here will be very interested. Sorry.
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Originally Posted by technic View Post

Even if they are transitioning as you suggest, the fact that they used them at all is ironic when you consider the numerous hilarious, yet poignant, "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. The willingness to use those portable POS devices for such a long period makes it seem like the rivalry is a little manufactured. I don't buy the argument that the Mac OS isn't easily capable of handling such transactions.

If you were the leader of Apple, wouldn't you stick with standard POS units until you could use your own technology for a mobile solution? Keep, in mind that I'm not Apple bashing. I'm looking at this from a business perspective. I couldn't imagine that it cost less to buy all those portable units than to deploy a standard POS system.

How is it the least bit ironic? Was it ironic that Apple Store employees used non-iPhones in 2006? Would it be ironic if Apple had NCR or Sony old-style registers at the front of the store? No. Apple was using an industry standard off-the-shelf device.

Now what you really have to ask is if Apple can do this with a Windows Mobile device when it happens to be the correct solution, why are there so may reports out of Redmond that iPods and iPhones were not welcome on campus, even before the Zune was around? When MS had no corresponding solution?
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post #8 of 20
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How is it the least bit ironic? Was it ironic that Apple Store employees used non-iPhones in 2006? Would it be ironic if Apple had NCR or Sony old-style registers at the front of the store? No. Apple was using an industry standard off-the-shelf device.

Now what you really have to ask is if Apple can do this with a Windows Mobile device when it happens to be the correct solution, why are there so may reports out of Redmond that iPods and iPhones were not welcome on campus, even before the Zune was around? When MS had no corresponding solution?

My point is in regards to Apple using the products of the company it has specifically targeted in attack ads. I understand that the device was made by some other company and happens to run on Windows Mobile, but if I were Apple, I'd stick with what people have to come to know me.

This would be that Apple is an innovator. They don't simply take something someone else made. They create a new item to suit your needs or to even create needs for things that didn't exist previously. Apple tends to set the bar really high for new and interesting ways to do or improve things. Why would processing payments in their store be any different? I would have held out and used a run of the mill card scanner and keypad until I had the new cool device to deploy.
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My point is in regards to Apple using the products of the company it has specifically targeted in attack ads. I understand that the device was made by some other company and happens to run on Windows Mobile, but if I were Apple, I'd stick with what people have to come to know me.

This would be that Apple is an innovator. They don't simply take something someone else made. They create a new item to suit your needs or to even create needs for things that didn't exist previously. Apple tends to set the bar really high for new and interesting ways to do or improve things. Why would processing payments in their store be any different? I would have held out and used a run of the mill card scanner and keypad until I had the new cool device to deploy.


You really think a business would spend the money necessary to build a product strictly for their own retail support use from scratch? What is your possible business financial case for that? There are a few dozen people in the world that give a shit about what OS runs the POS devices in an Apple store. Apple may try to change that when they "eat their own dog food" and internally deploy the POS hardware/software to make the iPod Touch work for them. But then we have the case of "look at how flexible our mobile computing platform is!" where there is only an incremental cost of adapting the dock connected reader and obvious marketing tie-in for the larger platform.
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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by technic View Post

Even if they are transitioning as you suggest, the fact that they used them at all is ironic when you consider the numerous hilarious, yet poignant, "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. The willingness to use those portable POS devices for such a long period makes it seem like the rivalry is a little manufactured. I don't buy the argument that the Mac OS isn't easily capable of handling such transactions.

If you were the leader of Apple, wouldn't you stick with standard POS units until you could use your own technology for a mobile solution? Keep, in mind that I'm not Apple bashing. I'm looking at this from a business perspective. I couldn't imagine that it cost less to buy all those portable units than to deploy a standard POS system.

Dude you're implying that a company has feelings.
They do not. Apple or anybody uses the best most efficient tools to get thru the work day. A company can never be ironic, since it never lived a life. Injecting emotion into brick and mortar. Like the MBP would protest being processed by the largest software company ever.... . << no no pay cash pay cash screamed the box >>

dude have a nice day
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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by technic View Post

My point is in regards to Apple using the products of the company it has specifically targeted in attack ads. I understand that the device was made by some other company and happens to run on Windows Mobile, but if I were Apple, I'd stick with what people have to come to know me.

This would be that Apple is an innovator. They don't simply take something someone else made. They create a new item to suit your needs or to even create needs for things that didn't exist previously. Apple tends to set the bar really high for new and interesting ways to do or improve things. Why would processing payments in their store be any different? I would have held out and used a run of the mill card scanner and keypad until I had the new cool device to deploy.

Dude the horse is dead .move on
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post #12 of 20
I've been a Mac user ever since my Mac Plus...
... but yet run my company's handheld inventory scanners on DOS. Yes DOS.

Why? Because it's the best tool for our specific needs.

I'm completely missing how this is ironic though. Dairy farmers don't heat their homes with milk powered furnaces either.
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I'm completely missing how this is ironic though. Dairy farmers don't heat their homes with milk powered furnaces either.

and porn stars don't drink their own jism.
post #14 of 20
Tauron brought this thread back from the dead!
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And M$ uses Macs to make their ads.
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and I hope I get involved in more lively discussions.

I think it's safe to assume that technic won't be getting involved in anything else here.* He did, probably, manage to get half a dozen people to read his poorly written article though.

Sigh! Don't you just love a polite spammer.
post #17 of 20
POS reminds me of "piece of shot" instead of the proper use of this abbreviation in relation to the topic.

What does it stand for anyway?
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POS reminds me of "piece of shot" instead of the proper use of this abbreviation in relation to the topic.

What does it stand for anyway?

Point of Sale
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post #19 of 20
*is a Mac user*

*starts 20 threads about Microsoft marketing using Apple computers*

*angrily responds to anyone mentioning Apple using Microsoft products*
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post #20 of 20
Dumbest thread. Ever.
I can only please one person per day.  Today is not your day.  Tomorrow doesn't look good either.  
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