Technology is smarter than ever before, and businesses everywhere are taking notice. As consumers turn more towards tablets and mobile devices for daily tasks, businesses are also adopting this trend. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz circling the use of tablets in restaurants, specifically iPads. Apple’s iPad is replacing traditional computers in restaurants across the U.S., recording orders and consumer transactions.
Computers aren’t the only thing iPads are replacing. Restaurants are also exchanging their conventional Point-of-Sale systems for iPad POS systems for additional benefits, like increased mobility and convenience.
If you’re in the market for a new POS system, here’s our top 3 pick for restaurant iPad POS systems:
This system is our top choice, and it’s a favorite in the restaurant and quick service industries. In January 2012, Revel was announced as the winner of the Best iPad Business App of the Year Award at the Macworld/iWorld event, beating out the popular Square mobile POS system. With system highlights such as an ‘always on’ mode, QuickBooks integration, remote support, and an open API, it’s no wonder that it’s a favorite in the restaurant biz. Run locally through the Apple iPad, the Revel POS system syncs all the data with the cloud. The “Always On” mode ensures that the system will continue to function even if your internet connection is lost or experiencing a slowdown.
- PROS: ‘Always On’ Mode, Integrated Scale, EMV Chip and Pin Ready
- CONS: Reports of longer than usual setup times
TouchBistro offers mobility, flexibility, and cutting-edge technology. To get started, all you’ll need is a cash register and an iPad or iPad Mini. This POS system is specifically designed for restaurants who utilize an iPad for transactional purposes, capitalizing on the features that restaurant owners value most. With the mobility of a hand-held POS system and the technology to handle many tasks that are common in restaurant ongoings like bill splitting, custom orders, and automatic pricing changes during certain hours, this iPad POS system comes out on top for restaurants.
- PROS: Lock-In Register Option, Restaurant-Specific Features, Reporting Tools
- CONS: Not a cloud-based system (must store all data locally on your iPad or network)
Ideal for single units, Ambur is specifically designed for restaurants and integrates with existing POS hardware like printers, cash drawers, and buzzers. This iPad-compatible system also comes with integrated credit card processing. Here, iPads act as terminals while employees use either an iPhone or an iPod Touch to access the terminal data.
- PROS: Built-In Reservation Tools, Tableside Ordering, Wireless Printing
- CONS: Not great for customer loyalty programs (will not run customer totals), No online ordering capabilities
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