The Apple Card is now available to select users
Hands-on: Apple Card application and approval, Wallet app, iPad support, more
Eager to get an Apple Card? Invites are now rolling out, at least to some select few.
Here’s Everything You Need to Know.
After CEO Tim Cook announced the card would arrive in August, Apple on Tuesday began the initial deployment of its new branded credit card, sending out email invites to some of those who signed up to be “notified” that the card was indeed now available. A larger public launch is due for later this month.
What is the Apple Card?
Unlike traditional credit cards, this one will live in your iPhone’s Wallet app, can be signed up for in minutes, and can be used as a digital card anywhere Apple Pay is accepted. Notably, it also comes with a physical titanium card (to be used in locations where Apple Pay isn’t accepted) that looks quite different than the plastic rectangle you may be accustomed to. It comes etched with only your name and forgoes any sensitive data like a credit card number, CVV, expiration date, or signature. For security purposes, all of that authorization info is stored within your Wallet app.
Created in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, the Apple Card sees Apple expand into the world of finance. Promising no annual fees, late fees or over-the-limit fees. Sign-up and management of the card are handled through the iPhone’s Wallet app on iOS 12.4, which is also where interested users can apply for the card. If approved, the digital card can be added to the app immediately to begin using it right away.
In addition to removing a number of fees, Apple’s cashback card will offer up to 3% back on purchases made directly from Apple (including digital purchases and subscriptions), 2% cashback on any purchase made using Apple Pay and 1% cashback on purchases made with the physical, titanium card.
Cashback is put back into your account every day through a feature the company calls “Daily Cash,” and can be used to pay down your bill or send to friends through Apple Cash. You can also transfer Apple Cash to your bank account.
The app is also where you will be able to find card information including the 16-digit credit card number. The Apple Card actually has two card numbers, one for the physical card and one for the digital, but users will only be able to see the digital number, which can be entered onto websites or given over the phone to a local pizza shop.
The physical titanium card itself is designed to be used in places where Apple Pay isn’t accepted. It follows Apple’s traditional minimalist design, with the front displaying your name, an Apple logo and the standard EMV chip and the back showing the Goldman and Mastercard logos. Tapping your iPhone against the NFC sleeve the titanium card comes with displays a pop-up on the iPhone that allows for quick activation of the card.
Support for the card is handled through the Wallet app, which can guide you to Apple support for any technical questions or Goldman Sachs support for any questions that might involve financial or personal data. In addition to phone support, you can also get help through iMessage.
If the card is lost or your iPhone is stolen, logging into iCloud will give you access to freeze or remove the payment method, though you will need to call Goldman Sachs to order a new physical card or get a new digital credit card number. There is no fee for getting a new titanium card.