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There is no scarcity of point of sale (POS) systems in the market. Lightspeed POS, Square POS, Clover POS, Shopify POS, QuickBooks POS, Revel, and Epos Now POS are just a few of them. While some of these run on Apple’s iOS and some on Android, a few are Windows-based as well.
Apple and Android POS systems are clear frontrunners given that these two hold more than 70% of the tablet market share and 99% of the smartphone market. But what differentiates these two leaders and how do you decide the best POS system for your business? Let’s find out.
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We start with a head-to-head comparison of Apple POS and Android POS systems based on the top features relevant to businesses: security, flexibility, and user experience.
Protecting your customers’ personal and payment data is important for your business. All cloud-based POS systems are built with data protection and encryption, and therefore come with a certain minimum guarantee on security.
However, between Apple’s iOS (operating system) and Android OS, iOS is known for its strong security in both its firmware and software layers. iOS has an added advantage: since Apple is in complete control of its hardware and software, security fixes and updates happen consistently across all their devices.
On Android devices, it’s left to the discretion of individual device manufacturers, and if they aren’t diligent with releasing updates, you could be in trouble.
Hackers are also more likely to target the vulnerabilities in Android software than Apple POS software, due to its large number of smartphone users (73%). Moreover, since Android opens its APIs for integration, the opportunity for an intrusion is higher than in Apple, which keeps its source code closed.
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