Sunday, April 18, 2010

Banks Introduce New iPhone and iPad Applications

As was predicted late last year at the Mobile Financial Services Congress held in Miami, not a week goes by without another bank introducing a smart phone mobile banking application. And with the introduction of the Apple iPad, many banks have expanded their mobile innovation to include the new device.

For instance, TD Bank has recently introduced TD Mobile Ap for both personal and small business customers covering banking, insurance and wealth management products. In addition to providing a mapping tool for branches, ATMs and TD Waterhouse Investor Centers for both the iPhone and iPad, there are must-have applications for viewing balances and activity, paying bills and transferring funds. TD also provides a way to access TD Waterhouse Investment Reps and TD Insurance Agents and provides a seamless link to their Easyline telephone banking services.

What is interesting is that as more and more banks expand their mobile offerings and are including the iPad as a supported device, I have yet to see any functions customized just for the iPad. Most banks are simply taking what they are developing for the iPhone user and formatting the functions for the new tool. While I suspect specialized applications such as loan forms, new account documents and personal financial management reports will eventually be available for the iPad, more innovation is needed to take mobile banking to the next step. Maybe I will just have to wait for Bank of America to make the first move.

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