Restaurant Technology

For many industries, iPad POS systems are the future of customer-employee interactions as well as on-the-go management. While they might be small in size, they’re convenient, portable, and fast.

iPad POS technology can do wonders for any business, but these days, there are multiple POS systems out there, each with their own range of features and abilities that could or could not be a good fit for your business.

Needless to say, if you’re thinking about buying one, it’s important to think about the details behind an iPad POS system, as well as what possible systems are out there in order to discover the right one for you.

Why iPad systems over legacy systems?

The difference between an iPad point-of-sale system and a legacy point-of-sale system is one of the most important ones to consider when looking at any POS system.

These days, more and more businesses are opting for an iPad point-of-sale system due to their affordability and convenience.

But there’s more to an iPad or a legacy system than just added convenience. Let’s look into greater detail about just what exactly makes an iPad point-of-sale system so special.

Legacy systems

Legacy point-of-sale systems are typically based around a central kiosk which, because it holds a networked computer inside it, needs to be installed by a specialist into your restaurant’s building.

While some restaurants use two kiosks for a legacy system, most businesses usually stick with just one. The prohibitive cost makes it difficult to acquire more terminals, and they are almost always more expensive than iPad POS hardware and software packages. Also, given their bulk and design, legacy point-of-sale systems are difficult to update and often require you to manually update the system yourself.

Because of the complex nature of updating the system, important updates like security and maintenance patches are delivered less frequently, making the legacy system’s security poorer overall. Ultimately, these are all strikes against choosing a legacy point-of-sale system for a high-action, rapidly changing business such as a retail shop or a restaurant.

iPad systems

Nowadays, cloud-based technology allows businesses to move past the legacy point-of-sale system toward the iPad point-of-sale system. Exclusively managed from an iPad tablet, these point-of-sale systems run through an internet connection at your business and update their software through the cloud.

iPad point-of-sale systems can perform all the tasks done by a legacy point-of-sale system while also offering additional features and functionality. For example, an iPad point-of-sale system can track employee shifts and schedule like a legacy point-of-sale system, but also allow those schedules to be updated from multiple terminals and locations in real-time.

In addition to a larger selection of features and capabilities, iPad POS systems and terminals are less expensive than legacy point-of-sale kiosks. Their cloud-based nature also makes them extremely easy to update and patch, giving them increased security compared to the slow update process of a legacy POS system. Additionally, their ease of use makes their installation and maintenance much less disruptive to your restaurant’s workflow.

Over time, iPad point-of-sale systems have proven to be a consistently better choice than legacy point-of-sale systems. But besides the surface-level differences