Ipad, Ipod, I-whatever. We love them all. Macs and all things Apple hold a special place in our hearts. We sure wish more people who make stuff for restaurants felt the same way. Let me rephrase that. We wish more people who make stuff for larger restaurants with good sized menus with more than one location that take credit cards and gift cards felt the same way. Our POS (Point of Sale) system is pretty much state of the art. By that, I mean antiquated, running on Windows XP (or maybe 3.1 I can’t tell), but about the best available for a large operation. We’d love to think we could throw in a POS that runs on Mac OS, but we just don’t see any good ones out there. Apple’s reluctance to offer a touch screen Imac or anything else larger than the tablet means those of us in retail can forget throwing our traditional POS systems away and replacing with Mac-based ones. Along comes the Ipad and kinda starts to change that landscape, but so many things still need to be overcome to make something with that small a form plausible. And even some of the better apps available out there haven’t come to grips with things like how to accept gift cards. Own a couple of restaurants and want to accept co-branded cards at both places? Forget about it. We applaud folks making it work for them — The Coffee Shop at Agritopia has come up with a very elegant Ipad solution that works for them (good job Chris!). Others are giving it a whirl. We’re going to wait and see for a while but in the meantime if you see someone out there in retail making great use of Ipads or better yet an Imac or something running MacOS we’d love to hear about it. We’d throw an Imac out there tomorrow, but we don’t think many of you want to stand in line while we use a mouse to find each item you ordered! There’s a reason Ipads are making such a splash — touch screen’s fast and simple. We just wish it could be done on a “larger” scale!