PayPal users can now make payments to friends and family from Apple devices using their voice.
(CCM) — iPhone and iPad users can now use Siri to settle their debts with friends and family members. Starting today, users of these Apple devices running iOS 10 can send (and request) payments via PayPal using Siri, the company has announced. "Simply say: 'Hey Siri, send Bill $50 using PayPal.' Voila! One less thing to check off the to-do list this holiday season," Meron Colbeci, PayPal's senior director for core consumer products, said in a blog post. Siri integration is available in the iOS PayPal app in 30 countries, including the U.S., U.K., China, Finland, Israel, India, and Thailand, as well as in a variety of languages .
Apple added Siri support for money transfers in apps from Square Cash, Venmo (owned by PayPal,) and Monzo earlier this year, so PayPal is only now playing catch-up. To provide security, users have to unlock their phones before initiating payments, so Siri-initiated payments should be as safe as any other payment system that requires a PIN or Touch ID authentication. Making payments to friends and family is one of the most popular uses for PayPal, and last year, the company carried out transactions of this kind totaling $41 billion across its PayPal, Venmo, and Xoom services. The company predicts that more than 17 million such transactions will be made in December 2016 alone.
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