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Socket Mobile Launches Apple Certified 1D Barcode Scanner

CHS 7Ci Enables Socket to Serve the Largest Segment of the Apple Enterprise Market (March 15, 2012)

NEWARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/12 -- Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced that the Socket Bluetooth® Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7Ci barcode scanner has been certified by Apple for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®. The CHS 7Ci will enable Socket Mobile to service the majority of enterprise barcode scanning applications, which only require support for 1D barcodes, as more businesses deploy corporate scanning solutions with iOS devices.

"Approximately sixty-percent of Bluetooth barcode scanners sold worldwide in 2012 are expected to be 1D," said Drew Nathanson, vice president of Auto ID at VDC Research Group, the leading authority on the barcode scanning market.

"Socket Mobile began by offering Apple certified 2D barcode scanners, which enabled developers to create and write software applications that require rapid and robust barcode scanning, however this only suited 40% of the Bluetooth barcode scanner market," said Mike Gifford, executive vice president of Socket Mobile. "Applications requiring only 1D barcode scanning at a lower cost of entry were not being adequately served. By adding the CHS 7Ci -- an Apple certified 1D barcode scanner -- into our product line, we are now able to service the entire Apple market."

Socket Scan 10 SDK customers who have developed an application for the CHS 7Xi or 7XiRx need to obtain the latest version of the SDK to add support for the CHS 7Ci. For more information, please email [email protected].

Socket Mobile barcode scanning developers continue to create and deploy corporate and enterprise software solutions for a wide range of markets including commercial and healthcare services, retail in-store, industrial/manufacturing and government.

Pricing and Availability

The CHS 7Ci (SKU# CX2870-1409) is expected to be available April 1, 2012, at an MSRP of $260. The CHS 7Xi (SKU# CX2864-1336), an Apple-certified 2D scanner, is available now at an MSRP of $560. For more information, please email [email protected].

About Socket Mobile

With 20 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

Socket and Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner are registered trademarks of Socket Mobile. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

© 2012, Socket Mobile, Inc. All rights reserved.

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