The iPhone 7 is coming on September 16. Many team members strained their eyes into the wee hours of the morning on September 9, incessantly refreshing Apple’s homepage for the server overload to subside. One by one, their pre-orders confirmed and their new life void of headphone jacks were spotted on the not too distant horizon.

For businesses that accept payments via a mobile swiper that plugs into the headphone jack, you might be a little freaked out. Rest assured, Gravity is already hard at work to find a mobile payments solution that will work for your business should you choose to upgrade to the iPhone 7.

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-2-23-45-pmSolution 1: Dangle the Dongle

All iPhone 7 and 7+ will come with a dongle you can plug into the lightning port that will dangle the mobile swiper.

Solution 2: The Lightning Connector

The dongle is a short lived solution for the mobile payments game. Soon enough, all your top mobile payment companies will release lightning port connectors for accepting mobile payments.

Solution 3: The Bluetooth Way

 With Apple ditching the headphone jack, the tech giant is placing a lot of bets on Bluetooth. Some Bluetooth options exist, but we expect the reduction in headphone jacks will lead to an uptick in Bluetooth technology reliance. A key insider has let us know that our friends at Swipe Simple will have a Bluetooth option in the coming weeks!

If you are a small business owner and want to take payments on the go with your mobile device, let us know. Contact us.

VIDEO TIME: How the Gravity teams feels about the headphone jack going away.


Photo credit: Apple Inc.

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