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Next, will Siri balance checkbooks?

That task is probably passé, but Apple’s digital assistant’s taking on payments

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Next, will Siri balance checkbooks?

“Hey Siri, send Lindsey Welch $20.”

Remember when it was apps that were supposed to be saving us time and making life easier?

Now Apple says developers working for payments app companies have been producing ways to tell Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, to make payments without even opening the underlying payment app.

In a Sept. 1 blog, “Hey Siri, send John $10,” Apple reported that developers using SiriKit have devised connections between the digital assistant and Square Cash and Monzo.

“With Square Cash, you can easily ask Siri to send money to a friend, whether you’re splitting the dinner bill, paying rent to your landlord, or sending your roommate money for utilities,” the blog reported.

Monzo, meanwhile, permits the use of Siri to send payments within the Monzo membership. Monzo is a new financial firm, originally styled Mondo, that positions itself as an “anti-bank,” though it received a U.K. bank charter in August. Monzo requires authentication using Touch ID.

Read "Alexa, pay my mortgage," Banking Exchange's recent report on bank experiments with digital assistants

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Making a payment with Siri on Square Cash.

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