Apple introduces Apple Card, a virtual credit card for Apple Pay users

Prasad, 25 March 2019

Apple has introduced Apple Card, a credit card by Apple for Apple Pay customers, made in collaboration with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.

The Apple Card is a credit card, plain and simple, but instead of being a physical card it exists in digital form within the Wallet app on your iPhone. You can set it up within minutes on your iPhone and use it to make payments wherever Apple Pay is supported.

Apple Card within Wallet app

One of the things Apple has done is simplified checking out your payments history. Instead of having meaningless gibberish populating your purchase history, Apple uses machine learning and purchase location to figure out merchant name and lay it all out in an easy to read format. The app will also classify your purchases into categories, such as shopping, entertainment, etc. There are also weekly and monthly spending summaries available to see.

Apple will also have a 24x7 support staff available that you can reach through iMessage.

Apple Card also gives you daily cash rewards instead of points. For every purchase you make, you get 2% Daily Cash, which is added to your Apple Cash card each day for you to use with Apple Pay. If you make any purchases with Apple, such as in an Apple Store, App Store, iTunes, etc., then you get 3% Daily Cash.

The Apple Card has no fees like other credit cards. Apple doesn't charge you any annual, late, international or over-the-limit fees. There's also an interest calculator within the app to show you how much interest you will be charged depending upon how you to choose to pay your bills. You will always be billed on the last day of the month and you can choose to pay monthly or biweekly.

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Apple Card UI

Apple Card lives entirely on your device, within the Secure Element chip used by Apple Pay. Every transaction is authorized by Touch ID or Face ID and uses a one-time unique dynamic security code for authentication.

However, Apple goes one step further. Apple will have no knowledge of where you shopped, what you bought and how much you spent. Apple also got Goldman Sachs to agree to never share or sell your data to third parties for marketing or advertising.

Titanium card. Because, why not?

Finally, for places where Apple Pay is not supported, Apple actually also unveiled a physical credit card. This card is machined out of titanium and will only have your name and a chip on it, with no other information, making it more secure than your average credit card. Apple did not reveal how much this card will cost you, but it will likely be a pretty penny. It does look quite cool though, for whatever it's worth.

And that's pretty much Apple Card. It will be coming to Apple Pay users in the US this summer. You can sign up now on Apple's website to be notified when it's available.



Reader comments

It is nothing hard for them, its just another way to make more profit and to become biggest corporation in a world, is that simple :)

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Mar 2019
  • Y7u

It's so patently obvious even a pleb can see through their latest scheme lol Apple knows their iPhone sales (their primary source of revenue) will continue to plummet because they're out of new ideas (I mean how can they improve a phone that is mostl...

This is like E-Corp in Mr. Robot. Apple, expect Elliot Alderson to hack you soon.

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