βœ… Sneak Peek: Apple Pay 🍏 🍏 🍏


#1

Before you hit the weekend and turn your out of office on – I thought you’d love to see a sneak peek of what some of the team have been up to this week.

In a head to head @Mariam, @zulfi , @martin and @Dan hit our nearest Pret-a-Manger to live test adding their Starling card to their Apple Wallet straight from our app (sleek in app provisioning) and to make their first Apple Pay payment (with Starling) ever! And it took them less than a minute.

Happy Friday!

P.s. Please excuse the exceptionally rough edit, it’s hot off the engineering press :laughing:


#2

Thanks for sharing @sarah.gilbert super exited for Apple Pay! This will cheer the community up.


#3

Sure will. :grin:


#4

A good end to the week, cant wait to test it.


#5

Great job by the engineering team to get this new feature developed so quickly.


#6

Now they can crack on with Android pay :grin:


#7

Absolutely, and the testing has gone well so far.


#8

Amazing!!


#9

@sarah.gilbert great news! Just need a date for roll out!


#10

Cant wait for this go live, it will make shopping and transacting so much easier. Any suggested timeline for go live ?


#11

End of July from memory.


#12

As most people on this planet use Android, why have you adopted Apple Pay first?

Why is Android Pay playing second fiddle to Apple?

Do you have a deal with Apple?


#13

@YellowandGreen because Apple Pay is more of a premium recognition. Argue all you want but it is that simple.


#14

It is easier to develop for iOS; also Android is fragmented which doesn’t help


#15

Looking forward to getting this


#16

Like others have said its easier to develop, and maybe more of their user base have iPhones and its less fragmented than Android.


#17

Working at a financial company and let me tell you we have more iPad users
than Android. And there are twice as many iPhone users than iPad. For some
reason the financial industry is really IPhone bias.


#18

We also have more iOS users accessing our services at my place of work.


#19

Starling are by no means the only company that appears to -or indeed does adopt- IOS first over Android when it comes to development of Apps.

Always seems a little strange, given the use of Android phones is so much greater!

Easier to develop seems a plausible answer but was just wondering if Apple has some sort of commercial influence generally, or indeed are software developers just simply more likely to be IOS centric?


#20

I’d be curious to know the ratio of iOS to Android users that have opened an account. Could someone in Starling share that? Having used both, I personally prefer Android, it has the greater market share but is always lagging behind :smirk:.