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Is the iPhone about to take off for banking?

I'm posting this partly to illustrate another small change we've made to the site - in that you can now clearly see a reference to the original item if you've commented on a Finextra news or feature item. And of course I get to bang on some more about the iPhone.

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Back to the iPhone

I was watching an episode of Space 1999 the other night - circa 1974. To interact with the computer they would talk to it  - or press some buttons and then pick up a print out the size of a bus ticket. No mice. No touch screens. Predicting the future is tricky stuff - but bear in mind the Sinclair Scientific calculator had only just come out. And I had one. Still do in fact. I digress.

Looking at the iPhone  -  it's quite interesting. It has motion sensors, camera, a high resolution touch screen - a fast processor, speakers and microphone of course. And some of the apps make good use of all that. Already I'm hooked on Band and Super Monkey Ball - and the indispensible "phone saber" for those Star Wars moments. The screen is excellent - the BBC iPlayer is superb on it for example.

Apps such as Shazam work well too. This basically analyses some music within earshot - say in a shop, cafe or club - and then tells you what it is and offers you the chance to buy it. Stunning.

Mobile social networking is a doddle too. I snapped and uploaded a couple of pictures to Facebook while I was in the park this lunchtime. It has apps for all sorts - Twitter etc. I'm not that sad tho'. Yet. 

It's quite clear that this has shifted all the rules for what you can do with a small hand held device. And it's worth noting most of this stuff also works on the iPod touch - and think how common they are becoming. And ok the web browser may not be quite there but it's pretty darn close - it lacks Flash which is either a problem or a postive boon depending on your point of view. 

You could write some really interesting stuff for this platform - banking apps included. In fact you'd be bonkers to ignore it - you SHOULD write apps for it.

As for banking, I did try the Paypal one - I can check my balance and make payments. Limited maybe but handy.

I hope my bank ( is paying close attention! 

Banking apps for the iPhone

 Here's a recent round-up of examples for the iPhone:


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Paul Penrose
Paul Penrose - Finextra - London 15 July, 2008, 11:42Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes New stats from Apple: One million 3G phones sold and ten million applications downloaded from the App Store since its launch late last week.

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