Square adds a Lightning connector to its mobile card reader to support newer iPhones

Square made two small product announcements today that should make to easier for small businesses to process credit card payments. The first is an update to Square Reader, the original magstripe card reader dongle the company unveiled as its first product in late 2009. Back then, the Reader relied on the 3.5mm headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet to work with its companion mobile app.

Now, Square says its new Reader has a built-in Lightning connector that allows it to work directly with the iPhone 7 and later Apple devices that ditched the headphone jack without needing an adapter. Although Square has since released more robust all-in-one products like Square Register and contactless NFC chip readers, the simple Square Reader…

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