Ed Bott, back in July 2008 on Apple’s then-use of Windows CE devices for point-of-sale in Apple retail stores:
Without resorting to snark, I think this illustrates the
fundamental difference between Apple, a seller of luxury consumer
products, and Microsoft, a developer of business and consumer
Yes, I know that the current CW is that the iPhone is the new
platform, and that might be true. But let’s come back in a year
or two and see just how successful the platform really is.
Now, of course, Apple not only uses iPod Touches for retail point-of-sale, but they distribute dongles from Square that let everyone do so too. Imagine if Apple made consumer and business platforms.