PayPal’s iPhone and iPad application was updated on the App Store this morning with support for iOS 10’s SiriKit integration for mobile payments, allowing you to send and request money in 30 countries around the world using just your voice.
With a simple voice command like “Send $20 to Dad using PayPal” or “Request $20 from John with PayPal”, Siri connects with the PayPal service and pulls up a custom sheet with details of your transaction before you authorize it.
The ability to send and request PayPal money through Siri is available in a variety of languages to customers in the following countries:
- Belgium (French and Dutch)
- Canada (English and French)
- Finland (Finnish)
- Hong Kong (Cantonese)
- Israel (Hebrew)
- Malaysia (Malay)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia (Arabic)
- Singapore (English)
- Switzerland (French, German and Italian)
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates (Arabic)
- United States
In addition to SiriKit integration, PayPal 6.7 for iOS also includes a new feature that lets you invite a friend to sign up for PayPal. “It’s a faster, safer way to send and receive money for things like concert tickets, splitting bills, sharing taxis and more,” said the firm.
After updating to PayPal 6.7 or later, be sure to manually enable SiriKit integration in Settings → Siri → App Support.
With the holidays around the corner, PayPal predicts more than 17 million peer-to-peer transactions in the month of December alone so today’s update arrives just in time for the holiday spending spree.
According to a SimilarTech survey based on data obtained from its platform that tracks over 30 billion webpages each month, Apple Pay is already the fifth most popular payment platform used by the top 10,000 shopping websites.
Support for Apple Pay transactions on the web was launched alongside iOS 10 and macOS Sierra last month.