Digital bank adds Apple Pay

By Ryan Weeks on Tuesday 18 July 2017

Digital Banking

Starling Bank claims to be first fintech bank to allow customers to use Apple Pay.

Starling Bank claims to be the first fintech bank to allow customers to use Apple Pay.

Starling Bank, one of the best-backed fintech banks in the UK, is broadening the range of payment options available to its users. As of this morning, customers of the app-based bank will be able to make use of Apple Pay, which is yet to become general within the copycat digital banking sector.

Starling claims to be the first UK bank to offer “in-app provisioning” – meaning that new Starling customers can load their card into their digital wallet with minimal effort, before the arrival of their physical MasterCard Debit Card in the post.

Starling says that security and privacy rest at the core of Apple Pay. Julian Sawyer, chief operating officer at the fintech bank, said that many customers have been eagerly awaiting its arrival.

In store, Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and more recent iterations of the phone, as well as with the Apple Watch. Users shopping online and via apps with Apple Pay simply verify their identity using touch ID, circumventing the need for lengthy form filling-in.

“Apple Pay has led to transformation in how customers can pay online and offline, so it’s a natural step for us given our focus on delivering great customer experience and fast, easy, secure ways to pay,” said Sawyer.

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