From what I can see, apart from being able to send music and stock gifs instantly, there are as of yet a handful of apple-developed ‘productivity’ apps, with a smattering of externally-developed ones. I would say that this is where there will be the most third-party development on the iPhone 7, with a whole host of apps being available in iMessage within a matter of months.
Where this will be most useful for the Starling customer is in the potential to send and receive money to and from contacts without leaving iMessage, with the Starling app installed. This will provide a transfer service of unparalleled speed and convenience in comparison to any external app.
Next is the new and improved Siri – improved in the sense that it now had access to third-party apps, directly from user command.
Like with iMessage, there will likely be a great deal of third-party development, relating to app integration with Siri commands. The Siri on my last Apple device was always precarious; it is a significantly easier, and quicker, process on the 7. This is in part due to the new A10 Fusion chip, but being able to instantly retrieve information from external apps is a noted upgrade to Siri’s functionality.
Information like balance, available balance, due payments, and how close you are to your overdraft limit are pieces of information which will eventually all be available through the Starling app; all through holding the home button and merely asking.
This entire facilitated mobile banking process will be complemented significantly by other model adjustments which improve ease of use. The chip is twice as fast as the 6, and provides the longest iPhone battery life ever. Not only this, but the 4G LTE is three times faster than the 6, at 450 megabytes per second. All of these upgrades will let you rely upon your mobile device more than ever before to provide a quick and easy way to manage your finances on the go, wherever you are.
Oh, and of course, with your Starling card logged into your Apple Pay, you’ll be able to use funds from your Starling card instantly and securely, merely by presenting your device.
In short, for the time being, the iPhone 7 will provide the fastest and easiest way to manage, and truly understand, your money on the go.
Watch this space.