iPhoneForums.Net News Team
- Jun 18, 2010
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Barclays has today announced that it is the first UK high street bank to enable payments by Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. According to Barclays, customers can now make payments to existing payees or mobile contacts simply by saying “Hey Siri, Pay [Sarah] £15 with Barclays.”
You don’t even have to open your Barclays app to make the payment, simply use Siri and Touch ID to authenticate the payment.
Barclays says that one advantage of this new method is that it will help those who are physically impaired to access payment services more easily. Barclays also claims that it will make secure banking easier, and faster for all its customers.
Raheel Ahmed, Head of Customer Experience and Channels at Barclays commented: “Barclays has a long history of introducing innovative new products and services to give our customers choice in how they bank. We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first ATM, which was introduced to provide customers with 24/7 access to their money for the first time ever. The introduction of Siri payments to mobile banking customers is another step forward, giving flexibility and greater choice for all our customers.”
City Minister, Steve Barclay commented: “50 years ago Barclays created the first ATM and it’s great to see that half a century on they’re still innovating. Using Siri to make payments is another step forward in making banking easier, quicker and more flexible for people across Britain.
‘This is further proof that the UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology which truly delivers for consumers.”