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Square teams with Griffin to launch Merchant case with integrated Reader
Square has teamed up with mobile case maker Griffin Technology to launch a new Merchant case for the iPhone 5 and 5s ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. The case is optimized to fit a Square Reader while simultaneously providing protection for the iPhone it is connected to.
The silicone case features a groove in the bottom that aligns perfectly with the Square Reader which is said to help guide cards to a frictionless, consistent swipe. This design also helps to eliminate swivel and excess strain on the iPhone’s headphone jack.The side of the case is tapered for a solid grip when a customer needs to add their signature and when the Reader isn’t in use, it can be conveniently stored in the back of the case.
The product joins Stand, a separate Square accessory released early last year for the iPad. As the name suggests, Stand is essentially a stand for the iPad that transforms it into a card-swiping register.
It’s not the most stylish smartphone case we’ve seen but above all else, it looks to be functional. The Merchant case includes a Square Reader and is available to order as of writing for $19.99. Griffin says current orders will ship within two weeks.
Square also launched Works with Square, a new program that allows developers to build accessories for Square businesses.
No word yet on whether or not Square / Griffin are planning a similar case for Android handsets.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
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