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Apple restrictions mean there's still no Leap Card iPhone app

However it’s good news for Android owners, who just got an update of the app.

THE LEAP CARD app has had an Android update – but there’s still no iPhone app on the way.

The good news for Android commuters is the update makes topping up easier as a functionality has been introduced that allows users to store their payment card information on the app securely.

Currently there is no version of the app for iPhone or Windows phones.

The Leap Card Top-Up app is free to download for NFC-enabled Android phones. NFC stands for Near Field Communication and allows phones, tablets and laptops to share data with other NFC-equipped devices.

But it’s NFC that is behind the lack of an app on iPhones.

According to the National Transport Authority:

“Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the Leap Top-Up app to iPhone users due to Apple restrictions on uses of NFC on iOS.  Should this situation change, we are very enthusiastic about developing an iOS version for iPhone users.

They have not decided yet whether to develop a Windows version of the app due to “the availability and market share of NFC-enabled Windows phones in the market.”

Capture Source: Leap Card Twitter account

Other features of the latest app update mean users will be able to view their last five transactions on their Leap Card, and check their current balance on their card.

The Leap Card Top-Up app was launched in January and has seen a total of over €1.8 million worth of top-ups.

CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham said:

We have been listening to customer feedback since we launched this hugely popular app back in January, and the addition of these new features will greatly improve people’s experience using the app.

The Leap Card Top-Up app has been downloaded over 50,000 times on Android phones so far.

Here is a full video explaining the new features of the updated App.

Source: Leap Card/YouTube

More information is available on LeapCard.ie

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