Apple Card offers simplified and secure Goldman Sachs-backed credit card with daily reward...

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Apple has introduced Apple Card, a new payment service that is part of Apple Pay designed to make it easier for customers to use a credit card, taking advantage of the functionality of the iPhone and iOS to make the card easy to acquire, and to use.




Customers will be able to sign up for Apple Card directly from their iPhone, using Apple Pay to perform transactions the same day after applying. Usable across all Apple devices owned by a customer, the service will be available to use worldwide.

The app also makes it easier to make changes to the account, including using Apple Business Chat to make requests, such as a change of address.





To make it easier to manage the card's usage and to have a "healthier financial life," the Wallet app is able to show where the card has been used, including images on Apple Maps showing the location. Machine learning will also be used to identify where purchases are made, in theory making it easier for users to track compared to a standard credit card statement.

Weekly and monthly spending habits are also offered, so users can rein in their spending if they are using it too much. Spending will also be tracked by category, advising where expenditure has increased or gone down over the last month.




As with other credit cards, Apple is offering rewards for using Apple Card, called Daily Cash. Any time the card is used, two percent of the total is added to the Apple Cash card that day, allowing it to be used for payments or to even pay down the balance of Apple Card.

For Apple's own services, the percentage of Daily Cash is increased to 3 percent, and with no limit to the amount a user can earn in a day.




Customers are given the ability to select how much they pay back on their spending each month, with the app advising of how much the interest will be. There are also different options for payment schedules, even down to a weekly basis, with Apple Card also suggesting users pay a bit more each month to reduce the amount of interest they will pay.

In a further bid to make Apple Card more user friendly, there will not be any late, annual, international, or overlimit fees. Apple also pledges to offer lower interest rates, and no penalty interest for when users go over their limit.

As with Apple Pay, Apple Card will be making the transactions as secure as possible, with each payment tokenized to protect a user's card details. Every purchase will also be authorized with Face ID or Touch ID.




In an extension of Apple's existing privacy policies, partner Goldman Sachs will not be selling any Apple Card user data, so it will not be used by marketers or for data mining purposes by third-party entities.

Apple Card will not be limited to being a digital-only card, as a physical titanium version will be available to use at outlets where Apple Pay is not accepted. The card won't have details like a card number, CVV code, expiration date, or signature, but the data will be available to users from within the Wallet app. Daily Cash bonuses will be limited to 1 percent of a transaction for the physical card.

Apple will be making Apple Card available to qualified customers in the United States this summer.

Apple Card is not the only announcement Apple made relating to Apple Pay. It was announced the payment platform had already handled 10 billion transactions in 2019 so far, and has grown to being accepted by 70 percent of merchants in the United States, and in 40 countries.

Apple Pay's Transit feature, which allows customers to use metropolitan underground systems and other transport methods in a number of cities around the world, is also being expanded with support in Portland, New York City, and Chicago.
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  • Reply 1 of 283
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,011member
    Finally!!!!

    Getting this to replace my Costco Citibank VISA card. Better rewards program. 

    Will costco allow the MasterCard version or does their Apple Pay use hide the credit card type?
    edited March 25 Metriacanthosauruslostkiwiwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 283
    ElCapitanElCapitan Posts: 206member
    They might as well have launched an Apple Cart. It would be equally unavailable and useless for the majority of Apple users. 

    Is this a local US event? 
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  • Reply 3 of 283
    Sign me up!!
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  • Reply 4 of 283
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    1) It's about time someone stepped up to offer a financial incentive to using Apple Pay.

    2) That card looks great and I'm glad there is no signature on it. I never understood why that was ever a thing, like some minimum wage retail employee can gauge whether my sig was forged or wether I was just lazy in signing.
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  • Reply 5 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    rob53 said:
    Finally!!!!

    Getting this to replace my Costco Citibank VISA card. Better rewards program. 

    Will costco allow the MasterCard version or does their Apple Pay use hide the credit card type?
    Really?!?! Because 4% for gas and 3% for dining on the Costco Citi Card is a better reward than 2% and 1% for the Apple Card. That’s not better to me. 
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  • Reply 6 of 283
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,976member
    Sign me up for one. Good bye to many credit cards in my wallet!
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  • Reply 7 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    Soli said:
    1) It's about time someone stepped up to offer a financial incentive to using Apple Pay.

    2) That card looks great and I'm glad there is no signature on it. I never understood why that was ever a thing, like some minimum wage retail employee can gauge whether my sig was forged or wether I was just lazy in signing.
    You’re such an elitist. Some of the best and most intelligent people start out as a “minimum wage retail employee”. Stop acting like you’re better than everyone all the time. 
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  • Reply 8 of 283
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    rob53 said:
    Finally!!!!

    Getting this to replace my Costco Citibank VISA card. Better rewards program. 

    Will costco allow the MasterCard version or does their Apple Pay use hide the credit card type?
    Really?!?! Because 4% for gas and 3% for dining on the Costco Citi Card is a better reward than 2% and 1% for the Apple Card. That’s not better to me. 
    What?! The Costco card is 1% for all standard purchases while Card is 2%.
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  • Reply 9 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    fallenjt said:
    Sign me up for one. Good bye to many credit cards in my wallet!
    I have many cards that have better rewards though. I’ll still get this most likely, but I’ll have to analyze whether it’s actually better. 
  • Reply 10 of 283
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    Soli said:
    1) It's about time someone stepped up to offer a financial incentive to using Apple Pay.

    2) That card looks great and I'm glad there is no signature on it. I never understood why that was ever a thing, like some minimum wage retail employee can gauge whether my sig was forged or wether I was just lazy in signing.
    You’re such an elitist. Some of the best and most intelligent people start out as a “minimum wage retail employee”. Stop acting like you’re better than everyone all the time. 
    And these people are handwriting experts? 🤦‍♂️
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  • Reply 11 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    Soli said:
    rob53 said:
    Finally!!!!

    Getting this to replace my Costco Citibank VISA card. Better rewards program. 

    Will costco allow the MasterCard version or does their Apple Pay use hide the credit card type?
    Really?!?! Because 4% for gas and 3% for dining on the Costco Citi Card is a better reward than 2% and 1% for the Apple Card. That’s not better to me. 
    What?! The Costco card is 1% for all standard purchases while Card is 2%.
    Standard isn’t always best when many cards have better rewards than 2%. Also, my standard purchases are extremely low compared to other categories. There’s practically nowhere that I purchase things that I can’t get at least 3% back and up to 5% on most things. 
  • Reply 12 of 283
    Shut up and take my money! (and give me 2% back)
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  • Reply 13 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    Soli said:
    Soli said:
    1) It's about time someone stepped up to offer a financial incentive to using Apple Pay.

    2) That card looks great and I'm glad there is no signature on it. I never understood why that was ever a thing, like some minimum wage retail employee can gauge whether my sig was forged or wether I was just lazy in signing.
    You’re such an elitist. Some of the best and most intelligent people start out as a “minimum wage retail employee”. Stop acting like you’re better than everyone all the time. 
    And these people are handwriting experts? 🤦‍♂️
    I’m not saying what you’re point is about the handwriting, I agree with that, it was the way you implied that low wage people are not worth anything. It’s the way you worded it I was getting at. 
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  • Reply 14 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    Shut up and take my money! (and give me 2% back)
    I’ll take my 5%
    Carnage
  • Reply 15 of 283
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 577member
    Nice. Hope it's available in Canada. ApplePay is theoretically here, but I've gone through three cards without finding one that worked on the system. I'd like to start using ApplePay. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 283
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    Soli said:
    Soli said:
    1) It's about time someone stepped up to offer a financial incentive to using Apple Pay.

    2) That card looks great and I'm glad there is no signature on it. I never understood why that was ever a thing, like some minimum wage retail employee can gauge whether my sig was forged or wether I was just lazy in signing.
    You’re such an elitist. Some of the best and most intelligent people start out as a “minimum wage retail employee”. Stop acting like you’re better than everyone all the time. 
    And these people are handwriting experts? 🤦‍♂️
    I’m not saying what you’re point is about the handwriting, I agree with that, it was the way you implied that low wage people are not worth anything. It’s the way you worded it I was getting at. 
    I implied that they aren't trained to understand handwriting patterns. This isn't just retail employees or minimum wage employees, but those are two of the most common employees that check signatures because they're told to by their managers. Why you think that I'm calling them stupid or worthless is your issue.
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  • Reply 17 of 283
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member

    Soli said:
    rob53 said:
    Finally!!!!

    Getting this to replace my Costco Citibank VISA card. Better rewards program. 

    Will costco allow the MasterCard version or does their Apple Pay use hide the credit card type?
    Really?!?! Because 4% for gas and 3% for dining on the Costco Citi Card is a better reward than 2% and 1% for the Apple Card. That’s not better to me. 
    What?! The Costco card is 1% for all standard purchases while Card is 2%.
    Standard isn’t always best when many cards have better rewards than 2%. Also, my standard purchases are extremely low compared to other categories. There’s practically nowhere that I purchase things that I can’t get at least 3% back and up to 5% on most things. 
    Then you use the higher card on those specific things, like 5% at Amazon with the Amazon card and 2% for all standard purchases when that's the highest return. Why is that concept difficult to grasp?

    No, they are not. Except for 3 of my monthly bills which require using my bank's checking account, all my bills go through a credit card which currently gets 1.5% which I then pay off each month. These bills account for a lot more than all my other credit card charges combined.

    And none of this takes into consideration the lack of fees and potentially lower interest rate for those that will need to keep a balance on their card.
    davenwatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 283
    hmlongcohmlongco Posts: 170member
    Standard isn’t always best when many cards have better rewards than 2%. Also, my standard purchases are extremely low compared to other categories. There’s practically nowhere that I purchase things that I can’t get at least 3% back and up to 5% on most things. 

    Depends on how one defines "best", doesn't it? The Amazon Prime Store Card, for example, gives you 5% back... with a 28.24% annual APR.

    Apple committed to a low (albeit unspecified) APR, with no fees, no late charges, and no penalties. Not to mention the not-so-minor fact that you get your rewards back daily as Apple Cash. Not at the end of the month, not when you redeem them. Daily.

    Then there's the secure unique randomized card number per transaction. No number or signature to steal on the physical card. No tracking of purchases. No sales of transaction data.

    I don't know about you, but there's a ton of value in privacy and security.
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  • Reply 19 of 283
    65026502 Posts: 253member
    Funny to watch people get so excited about something as mundane as a credit card. Up next, the Apple shoelace! I use my costco card at costco and my 2% back citi MC everywhere else. I don't really care if I miss out on an extra 1% back on a $30 purchase. That extra $0.30 won't make a difference in my life. Outside the iPhone (and less so the Mac), Apple is turning into a company I care less and less about. But, I did make a lot of money on their stock :smiley: 
    anantksundaram
  • Reply 20 of 283
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    hmlongco said:
    Standard isn’t always best when many cards have better rewards than 2%. Also, my standard purchases are extremely low compared to other categories. There’s practically nowhere that I purchase things that I can’t get at least 3% back and up to 5% on most things. 

    Depends on how one defines "best", doesn't it? The Amazon Prime Store Card, for example, gives you 5% back... with a 28.24% annual APR.

    Apple committed to a low (albeit unspecified) APR, with no fees, no late charges, and no penalties. Not to mention the not-so-minor fact that you get your rewards back daily as Apple Cash. Not at the end of the month, not when you redeem them. Daily.

    Then there's the secure unique randomized card number per transaction. No number or signature to steal on the physical card. No tracking of purchases. No sales of transaction data.

    I don't know about you, but there's a ton of value in privacy and security.
    Fees and APRs don’t matter if you pay your balance in full. 
    GeorgeBMacchiaelijahgargonaut
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