Hands-on with Apple’s revolutionary Apple Card

Apple Card completely rethinks everything about the credit card. It represents all the things Apple stands for. Like simplicity, transparency, security, and privacy. You can buy things effortlessly, with just your iPhone. Or use the Apple‑designed titanium card anywhere in the world.
Apple Card completely rethinks everything about the credit card.
It represents all the things Apple stands for. Like simplicity, transparency, security, and privacy. You can buy things effortlessly, with just your iPhone. Or, if Apple Pay is not yet supported by the merchant, use the Apple‑designed titanium card anywhere in the world.

Here’s a rundown of the Apple Card sign up process, how it works, what it looks like, and how the titanium card feels in your hand.

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

Once you’ve signed up for Apple Card, you can use it right away for Apple Pay purchases both in stores and online because it’s deeply integrated into the iPhone. It works like any other credit card you’ve added to Apple Pay. At the same time, Apple sends you a physical titanium card in the mail that can be used where Apple Pay isn’t available. It takes a few days for the titanium card to arrive, and it’s worth the wait.

The titanium Apple Card is uniquely Apple, featuring a simple design that’s engraved with your name and no other information. There’s no card number, CVV, or expiration date on the card, though there is a chip and a traditional magstripe for purchases. Your card number, CVV, and expiration date can be found inside the Wallet app if you need that info for online purchases where Apple Pay isn’t accepted. Your card number can even be changed on a semi-regular basis, which means it’s more secure than a traditional credit card. That’s one of the main benefits of the Apple Card.

The titanium card is hefty and it weighs more than your average plastic credit card, plus it’s about twice as thick. It’s a statement card for sure, and it stands out when you use it.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, Apple Card does stand out when you use it, but try not to use it if you can! You’ll get more Daily Cash back if you can use Apple Card virtually, so always try to use your Apple Card via Apple Pay first.

That physical card is just a back up: Apple Card is meant to be used virtually wherever possible – via Apple Pay – not physically (keep that titanium Apple Card in your wallet if you can) as Apple Card’s cash-back rewards structure offers users just 1% on purchases made with the physical card, but 2% for Apple Pay transactions (and 3% for purchases of Apple products or services).

So, only pull out that physical card if you’re paying where Apple Pay is not yet supported. Always try to use Apple Card virtually, via Apple Pay first, in order to maximize your cash-back rewards! — MacDailyNews, July 31, 2019

3 Comments

  1. It’s a great card for James Bond types. Sharpen those titanium edges and you are ready to become a 007 agent. Other than that… yawn… it’s just an average credit card for most users.

  2. Something no one has mentioned: you can’t link your card and a spouse’s card to have a unified bill. Bummer. I may give my partner my physical card and just use my iPhone for myself. A klunky workaround, but something that will let the budgeting functions actually function for a household.

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