Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has given a face-lift to its RBC Mobile app that allows the bank’s personal banking clients to ask Apple’s Siri assistant to pay their bills on iPhone and iPad.

New capabilities also include the launch of seamless Interac e-Transfer payments within iMessage that enables clients to transfer funds without leaving their iMessage window.

Once the users give the voice command, Siri will confirm the name from the user’s payee list and the RBC Mobile app automatically debits account and sends the payment. The payment is secure and protected by TouchID.

Additionally, sending an Interac e-Transfer payment is quite simple. Clients need to type the amount of money they would like to send to their contact in the iMessage window, and authenticate the transfer using TouchID.

RBC executive vice-president of cards, payments and banking Sean Amato-Gauci said: “By offering bill payments through Siri and P2P transfers through iMessage, we’re providing more convenient solutions to support our client’s payment needs.

“Our clients are avid users of Interac e-Transfer payments, and embraced our launch of money transfers using Siri earlier this year. By giving clients the ability to seamlessly and conveniently bank using voice commands, we’re delivering simple and innovative solutions.”