Square has unveiled a new app for iPhone users called Card Case. Acting like a digital wallet, the new app enables users to complete purchases at participating stores without even having to retrieve the device from their purse, pocket, or coat.
“This is truly the simplest way to pay,” said Megan Quinn, director of products for Square.
The app opens a tab with the merchant for payments to be made automatically when the user is in close proximity to a store that uses this particular service.
This is made possible by Apple’s new iOS 5, which delivers a state of the art location-based mobile technology.
When a user is ready to make a purchase, the customer simply states their name. The store employee at the point of sale or cash register can then verify the user’s face on their side of the app. Subsequently, the charges are issued and the money is automatically withdrawn from the debit card or credit card associated with that individual user’s app.
According to the folks at Square, the service is available at some 20,000 outlets nationwide that have already signed up to accept Card Case payments.