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Apple Cash virtual cards appear in iOS 17.4 developer beta

Apple Cash Virtual Card [via Reddit u/simpledsp]

Apple is making it easier to keep spending Apple Cash online, with the iOS 17.4 beta allowing users to create a virtual card number.

Apple Cash, the prepaid debit card included as part of an Apple Card account, can usually be spent via Apple Pay just like other credit and debit cards. For online stores where Apple Card isn't accepted, Apple is introducing a solution to the problem.

In Reddit posts spotted by 9to5Mac, the iOS 17.4 beta offers Apple Card customers a pop-up to "Set Up Virtual Card Number." The pop-up says it will "Keep your card information safe with a new security code for every transaction."

Users are also told that the card number will also be accessible within Safari AutoFill, and to "use it to shop online where Apple Pay is not available."

Once created, the prepaid Apple Cash card appears in Wallet just like the Apple Card, along with CVV2 and new number request options.

So far, it appears that the virtual card is available for Apple Card users who are also taking part in the beta. There is a chance it could become more publicly accessible once iOS 17.4 is officially released, but it could also be held back for a more formal feature launch down the road.