“On September 8, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more details on their portable point-of-sales (POS) system,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple first filed a patent application for their POS system back in Q1 2010 which was later granted to them in July 2011,” Purcher reports. “The news of such a system actually being piloted at a few of Gap Inc’s Old Navy stores first leaked to 9to5 Mac in December 2010.”

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“In today’s latest patent application Apple reveals that their POS scanning device is capable of scanning multiple barcodes in different sizes with different symbologies in a single swipe and then instantly transferring the data to an electronic sales form for processing,” Purcher reports. “Although Apple is recognized as a global leading consumer centric company, it appears that Apple’s push into a Point-of-Sale system could very well be the first of many specialized systems for both retail and enterprise markets in the years to come.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, here.