White Paper : iOS Compatibility

Posted October 29, 2015

IOSWhat is it?

Not all barcode scanners or data capture devices are compatible with Apple iOS devices, and for those that are, a significant amount of testing and development are required to assure proper device operation. However, after a huge demand from small and medium-sized business owners to incorporate iPads, iPhones, and other Apple devices into their workforce management workflow, Apple invested extensive time and resources into certifying iOS devices with select data capture devices. Now, business owners have the ability to connect their Apple device to a data capture device via Bluetooth or a physical sled or cradle in order to conduct asset tracking, point of sale, inventory management, and other applications.

When is it coming?

iOS compatibility exists today. Many businesses ranging from small to enterprise-level are using iPads, iPhones and iPods to perform inventory management, asset tracking, and mobile point of sale activities. Hardware devices such as barcode scanners, label printers, receipt printers, cash drawers, and RFID readers are now equipped with software utilities that allow for connection to your preferred Apple device.

Why do I care?

5 years ago the Apple iPad did not exist. Today Apple devices are a common household item for many families as well as an enterprise tool for many businesses. Industries such as healthcare, field services, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing are pairing Apple consumer and iOS-compatible devices to capture data for intelligent reporting. Not only are the iOS-compatible devices able to withstand most environments, but businesses are able to provide a more modern look for their customers while providing the workforce with an easy transition to a device that they are likely using at home.

How can Zebra and Barcodes, Inc. help?

Barcodes, Inc. is the leading provider of data capture solutions in North America. Our team of account professionals have years of experience in the industry and will take the time to understand you and your needs to deliver the best-in-class solutions for your business. Our staff of highly trained and certified architects can provide in-depth industry expertise and assist in offering implementation, integration, training, and on-site services to ensure your project is carried out seamlessly.

Zebra has taken the industry lead in developing and certifying their data capture products with built-in software utilities that enable you to pair your Apple device with a Zebra data capture device for printing and scanning applications. Zebra is an innovative manufacturer that offers a wide range of data capture products, such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, RFID readers/sleds, and wireless networking. The demand is growing for devices that are mobile, intelligent, and modern. Together with Barcodes, Inc’s Services and Solutions teams, we can help you stay ahead of the technology curve.Data capture devices are available that are compatible with your iOS devices. Please contact one of our experts to learn more.

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