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Today, Apple released a beta update for iOS (software powering iPhone and iPad). There were the expected improvements and feature additions (hooray, an easy way to find my AirPods!), but something else snuck in. Something which can change the entire credit union industry overnight.
Apple added bill pay capabilities to Siri.
Yes, with only your voice, you can pay a bill or check on the status of a payment. Instead of opening an app, finding Bill Pay, trying to set a new one, finding out you can’t do it on your phone, going to your computer, entering the information…etc., now, just say, “Hey Siri, pay my cell phone bill.” Or, “Hey Siri, did Dave ever pay me for that dinner?”
This functionality is now in beta as part of SiriKit (the API which powers integrations into Siri services). If your banking platform service is not diving in to the documentation headfirst, tell them get on it! And if you manage your own bill payment system, ask your IT to begin looking at what it will take to have your members paying by voice upon its release.
What are you waiting for? Get to it!