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Kounta Takes a Position on Apple’s Latest: We’re Pro-iPad Pro

It’s that time of year again, when Apple fanatics line up to get a glimpse of the latest release of …

By Dave Eagle

Photo by thierry erman (Flickr)
Photo by thierry erman (Flickr)

It’s that time of year again, when Apple fanatics line up to get a glimpse of the latest release of magic from the creative minds out in California. I’m speaking, of course, about yet another Steve Jobs movie, which seem to come out like clockwork right around the time new Apple products are released. I’m not suggesting there’s some weird kind of corporate synergy going on here–Hollywood is a place where only the purest artists go to dream and create without a thought to baser things like “profit” or “merchandising.” It’s more likely that Jobs commissioned these movies through his will, and ordered them to coincide with Apple’s product announcements, because he loved the spotlight. Don’t worry, Steve’s ghost. We’ll never forget what a visionary you were, and we pretty much all knew you were a jerk to most people around you. We don’t need to be reminded every year with a new movie.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Brett Jordan (Flickr)
Photo courtesy of Brett Jordan (Flickr)

Besides, Apple unveiled its newest accomplishment last week, the thing that millions of people will be adding to their Christmas lists this year: the iPad Pro.  It’s an interesting step in the evolution of the iPad. What started as a small, lightweight device meant to supplement the laptops we couldn’t be bothered to lug around, is now a slim and lightweight device meant to replace the laptops that I’m predicting will be obsolete in less than 5 years. Think about it: the 12.9 inch screen is a few tenths of an inch shy of the smallest Macbook, and every app uses the whole screen (no menus along the top, no dock hogging up the bottom). You can get a case that’s also a keyboard and it never needs charging. A processor powerful enough to edit HD videos with a 4K framerate, 128GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, office and productivity applications: there’s simply no reason that 99% of us will need a laptop or desktop ever again. And here’s another thought I had about the Pro, as it pertains to the types of small business owners who’ve been migrating to iPads for their POS. There’s no need to buy a laptop to manage your business and an iPad for your register. If you’re a small enough shop, they can be the same device that you bring back and forth with you. That might not be the most prudent way to run a business–single point of failure, anyone?–but I get a kick out of the fact that it’s possible. Of course, with an iPad Pro as your personal computing device, you’ve got an extremely portable backup register, should the need ever arise. And if you’re running Kounta, you’re already running on something that’ll work on the new iPad, with a sleek and complementary design that will look its best using every one of the 5.6 million pixels on that Retina display. Oh, and there’s also that nifty Apple Pencil, which is the perfect tool for getting customer signatures at an iPad POS. If you were looking for an excuse to get this newest and coolest of all gadgets, I just gave you one. It’s a legitimate business expense. You’re welcome.

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Instagram post 18097220071127875 On Sunday our friends at @thesourcemosman put on a charity event to fund the efforts of @blazeaid - a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters.  We were very proud to be involved, matching all donations dollar for dollar, to raise a grand total of $7,000.  It’s been incredible to see how our industry has responded to support people and communities affected by the recent bushfires... shout out to all the amazing hospo brands who are doing their bit!
Instagram post 17848352134847176 As the 92nd Oscar Shortlist is released, we can’t help but think about the highly talented Good Food Guide Award Winners. Here are a few from across Australia that we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Congratulations once again! 
@sixpenny_au @rest_orana_ @fleetrestaurant @portenosydney @joyrestaurant @ishizuka_australia @millbrook.winery @pilotrestaurant @arthurrestaurant @continentaldeli @donpeppinosristorante @lankanfillingstation @lpsqualitymeats @pipitrestaurant @subogram @thegoldenpig @montrachet_restaurant @africola_soundsystem @darenbergwine @herringbone.adl @the.summertown.aristologist @atlasdining @thecarltonwineroom @congresswine @ettarestaurant @greasyzoes @harleyand_rose @hogget_kitchen @ilbacaromelbourne @ipsos_restaurant @kazukisrestaurant @the_rec_fitzroy_north @ameliaparkrestaurant
Instagram post 17852912437277041 The OzHarvest Café reached over $10,000 raised over the weekend! Thank you to everyone who has come in for lunch or a coffee so far and to our partner kountapos who are using data from their point of sale system to help reduce food waste.
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Instagram post 17973548512290179 Do you run service at night, or in low-light? Does a bright, white screen clash with the aesthetic of your fit-out? Or do you just prefer the understated look and feel?  For whatever reason you want Dark Mode on your POS... now, you've got it. Available on our Manage and Extend POS plans. #darkmode #kounta #pointofsale