This was written a while ago, and more of the Canadian Banks have made iPad compatible banking applications, however, some still lag behind. All banking apps will work on an iPad, but they may only run in iPhone-only mode. This will make them look crappy, and not take advantage of all the extra screen space an iPad offers.
A while back I purchased an iPad for myself to see if I could â€œrunâ€ my small business (yes, this web site is a small business, stop snickering) on an iPad. I have learned a fair amount about the apps on the iPad and such, but I have also learned that for some odd reason many different apps only have iPhone compatible versions.
For those unfamiliar, you can run iPhone compatible apps on your iPad, however, they only run in Portrait Mode (short across top, longer on the side) and it looks pretty clunky (and most likely, if anything goes wrong, you are not going to get any customer support).
Whilst attempting to figure out how things work, I tripped across a couple of interesting issues with the Canadian Banks and their â€œappsâ€:
- TD has an iPad compatible app, as does Tangerine bank, and EQ Bank haven’t tested to see if the scan cheques capability works on either app
- Simplii, Capital One and Amex all have iPhone apps, but nothing that runs on an iPad, currently
- For those of you curious this site is supposed to be iPad compatible too.
Having iPhone compatible apps is fun, and convenient, an iPad version with a few more features would help consumers more (although you would be banking over very unsafe WiFi networks).
How did I deal with this shortcoming? I tweeted about it (naturally):
Amazing stuff. Boomer and Echo pointed out that ten years ago I wouldnâ€™t be making these complaints, but I had a retort for that as well:
No answers to my tweets (yet), aside from TD favoriting my comment about how their app did work with an iPad.
This was written on an iPad using Microsoft Word, and OneDisk to store it, which was then transferred to my web site, convoluted, but it works (for now).
Do you use your Tablet for on-line banking? How about your Smart Phone?