Square launches new payment reader in Australia – includes support for Apple and Android Pay

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Square, the global payment startup founded by Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has today announced that it will finally bring its new payment reader to Australians – being only the second country the new reader has rolled out to.

The new reader supports chip cards and contactless payment methods – such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, or tap-and-pay with your credit or debit card.

“We know NFC is important to Australian businesses, both for providing fast and secure tap-and-go card payments, and future proofing for the next wave of payment innovation like Apple Pay and Android Pay,” Ben Pfisterer, Australian country manager for Square, said.

Unlike the old reader, which connects the phone’s headphone jack, the new reader is Bluetooth-enabled. According to Square, this provides more flexibility for businesses to accept payments on the go, or at a countertop.

“We’re committed to bringing Australian business owners the best in payment innovation — whether it’s with our newest contactless and chip card reader, our original mobile chip card reader, or our online invoicing software Square Invoices.”

Sellers will be able to purchase the reader today for $59 via its website. The new reader will also be available in leading retailers such as Officeworks, Apple, Optus and Harvey Norman in the coming weeks.