Is iPad always the right touchscreen?
iPad has its benefits, like enhanced security and software reliability, but have you considered whether it’s the right hardware for your particular till?
As a commercial product, iPad is built for personal and professional use, but has some limitations when it comes to hardiness.
For instance, it is not waterproof like some brand new phones are to an extent. This means you need to keep it dry and shouldn’t be tapping it with wet hands, like you might in food and drink areas. Similarly, the screen is not dust-, bacteria- or dirt-resistant, so needs a good wiping-down regularly.
Busy checkouts will need to keep it charged or connected to power to avoid it switching off at the wrong time. And it won’t work with wired internet – only WiFi, Bluetooth or mobile connections.
As a consumer product, the lifespan of iPad may be shorter than a purpose-built touchscreen till, though not necessarily since Apple products are generally high-end. But then again, the high quality of iPad makes it popular to steal. This can be solved with an iPad holder for the till, mounted securely to the countertop.