Square for Chip Cards

EMV & chip-compatible dongle from Square, pre-launch

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Kevin William David
Kevin William DavidHunterHiring@kevin · Community @AngelList. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
The new reader looks very similar to the existing one, but it’s designed to read microchips embedded in new EMV-capable cards, which act as more advanced versions of the magnetic stripe which currently occupies the back of most U.S.-based credit/debit cards. While the chip may be new to U.S.-based institutions, which have committed to a changeover to chip-and-PIN by October 2015, it isn’t new to the rest of the world: Square’s new reader would also mean cards in those markets can work with the reader (using the chip; many are already backwards compatible via swipe and sign, as they will remain in the U.S., too).
Clark Wimberly
Clark Wimberly@clarklab · UX Designer
Stoked to see this on the way, bummed that my simple Square reader will now have a battery inside and need a charge.
Jack Dweck
Jack Dweck@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
Update: It's now available for pre-order https://squareup.com/shop/reader