Have I mentioned that the iPhone is amazing? I’m not sure if it’s because it’s so useful having a computer in my pocket 24/7, or that it gives me so much material for Netbanker and Online Banking Report (probably the latter).
Now that we are beginning the second year of the App Store, we are starting to see some more interesting things on the finance front. For the first year it was all about tip calculators, balance inquiry, ATM locators, and manual-entry expense trackers.
This summer, we’re beginning to see the bigger potential with the launch of remote check depositing from WV United Credit Union and USAA (which also loaded helpful auto insurance features into its app). And Apple’s new OS 3.0, which supports push notifications, will be a boon to mobile banking apps.
But that’s just the beginning. There will be an app for anything you might want to do with your finances. The latest: a free Home Loan Toolkit for prospective home buyers from ING Direct Australia. The app appeared in the U.S. App Store yesterday (here). There’s no mention of it on the bank’s website yet, but Google pointed me to the well-designed microsite (here) supporting the app (screenshot below).
It’s pretty straightforward with just three functions:
- Calculators to determine how much you can afford to borrow and what the payments would be
- A call-me request form
- Average home prices by area
Screenshots from ING Direct Australia’s new iPhone app (3 Sep 2009)
ING Direct Australia iPhone Home Loan Toolkit microsite (link, 3 Sep 2009)
Note: The five iPhone screenshots (above) rotate through the iPhone pictured below. Alternatively, users can scroll through the screens with the control under the phone.
Note: For more info on the native iPhone apps, see Online Banking Report: Mobile Banking via iPhone.: