Barclays customers can now make payments using Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri.

The company said it is the first high street bank in the UK to allow its customers to make payments in this way.

Customers with an iOS device enabled with TouchID and using iOS 10+ can make payments simply by saying ‘Hey Siri, pay John £15 with Barclays’.

Payments are then authenticated using Apple’s TouchID fingerprint recognition technology.

There is no need to open the Barclays mobile app to pay existing payees or mobile contacts as it is fully integrated with Siri.

Raheel Ahmed, head of customer experience and channels at Barclays, said: “Barclays has a long history of introducing innovative new products and services to give our customers choice in how they bank.

Barclays celebrated 50 years of the world's first ATM by painting it gold

“We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first ATM, which was introduced to provide customers with 24/7 access to their money for the first time ever.

“The introduction of Siri payments to mobile banking customers is another step forward, giving flexibility and greater choice for all our customers.”

Barclays celebrated the ‘golden’ anniversary of the world’s first ATM on 27 June, 50 years after it was unveiled at the bank’s Enfield branch, by painting it gold.

There are now some 70,000 ATMs across the UK, used by 49 million people to make 2.7 billion withdrawals in 2016.

The UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology which truly delivers for consumers

Steve Barclay, city minister
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City minister Steve Barclay said: “50 years ago Barclays created the first ATM and it’s great to see that half a century on they’re still innovating.

“Using Siri to make payments is another step forward in making banking easier, quicker and more flexible for people across Britain.

"This is further proof that the UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology which truly delivers for consumers.”