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Apple Card

Apple Card

In 2019, Apple and Goldman Sachs partnered to launch Apple Card. It works primarily via Apple Pay, though a physical card is also available. Using the card via Apple Pay, either online or at a point-of-sale terminal will merit a user 2% to 3% cashback in the form of Apple Cash.

● 3% cash back at select retailers
● 2% cash back for purchases made with Apple Pay
● 1% cash back for purchases made with physical card
● Wallet integration and spending insight
● Stylish titanium card
● No annual, transfer, or penalty fees
● 0% interest purchase installments for Apple products

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Launched on August 20, 2019, the Apple Card was designed by Apple and developed by Goldman Sachs. While it's primarily designed to work with Apple Pay in the Apple Wallet app, Apple provides each customer with a physical titanium card.

Goldman Sachs had stated that this was the "most successful credit card launch ever." Both Apple and Goldman Sachs have been pleased with the amount of consumer demand for the Apple credit card.

The card is issued through Goldman Sachs and exists within the Mastercard payment network.

Applying for the Apple Card

Applying for the card is a relatively quick and straightforward process. A prospective applicant will need to follow the steps below.

  • Open Wallet.
  • Tap the + symbol in the top-right corner.
  • Tap Apple Card, then Continue.
  • Fill in the name, date of birth, email address, and phone number fields, then tap Next.
  • Review the offer of credit limit and APR from Goldman Sachs, then tap Accept Apple Card.
  • On the Card Added screen, tap Continue to add it to Apple Pay on the device.

Physical card

The physical card is made primarily out of titanium, weighing 14.75 grams, or approximately half an ounce. The weight makes it somewhat lighter than other "luxury" style metal cards. A composite of 90% titanium and 10% aluminum alloy gives the card better sturdiness overall.

The physical card is made with titanium The physical card is made with titanium

The card displays no card number, CVV security code, expiration date, or signature. The cardholder's name is printed on the front of the card, while the Apple, MasterCard, and Goldman Sachs logos are engraved.

This design choice lends itself to a rather minimalistic and sleek-looking card compared to competitors' offerings.

Upon delivery, Apple Card holders who own newer iOS devices can activate the physical card by moving it near the product packaging. Those with an iPhone X or earlier will need to open Wallet and tap it against their iPhone.

Fees, rates, and limits

Depending on the cardholder's credit history and income, there is a minimum APR of 13.24% and a maximum of 24.24%. The Apple Card has no yearly fees, no fees for transactions, and no fees for penalties. 

It does have credit limits. The limits are determined by the cardholder's credit score, credit age, and income at the time of application. Apple Card holders have reported credit limits as low as $50 and as high as $15,000.

An Apple Card may be shared using Apple Card Family. It requires each person to be over 13 years old to share the card.

Monthly Installment Plans

Users can purchase iPhones using their Apple Card and pay it off with a 0% interest rate over 24 months so long as they select a carrier at checkout. The 3% cashback still applies, thus giving users a great value when purchasing their new iPhone.

Pay in installments Pay in installments

An update to the service in June 2020 allows users to purchase almost any Apple device or accessory on some length of the installment plan. Depending on price, users can buy devices on 6-month or 12-month installment plans at 0% interest.

Installment plans are available for the following:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Apple Watch
  • Mac
  • Apple TV
  • AirPods
  • Apple Pencil
  • iPad Keyboard
  • Pro Stand, VESA Mount Adapter
  • Apple Afterburner Card
  • Apple Branded iPhone Case
  • Apple Watch Bands
  • Apple Branded iPad Cover
  • Apple Branded Mac Cover
  • MagSafe Charger
  • Apple Branded MagSafe iPhone Case
  • Apple Branded iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe

One can also bundle devices, like an Apple Pencil and iPad, increasing the installment plan to 12 months despite the individual products' lower pricing.

Use with Apple Pay

While users can place orders with their physical card, the Apple Card is designed to be used alongside Apple Pay. Apple Pay is the company's touchless, tap-to-pay payment method. Those who use their card with Apple Pay receive additional cashback benefits that can be applied to Apple Cash or Apple Savings account balances. The Apple Card can also be used with Apple Pay online. 

Using the card via Apple Pay, either online or at a point-of-sale terminal will merit a user 2% cashback in the form of Apple Cash at most retailers. Cardholders may earn 3% back when using the card for Apple Pay purchases at participating stores and retailers, including Uber, Walgreens, and Nike.

A cardholder can view their Apple Cash or Apple Savings account balance in Apple Wallet. A cardholder can use Apple Cash at retailers, send to others via iMessages, withdraw to a bank account, or use it to pay down the Apple Card balance. Money in Apple Savings grows at 4.4% APY (as of April 3, 2024).

The Wallet app

Cardholders can view additional information about their card inside Wallet on their iPhone. There, they can see any outstanding balance, remaining credit, weekly activity, itemized transactions, and make payments.

Manage Apple Card in Apple Wallet Manage Apple Card in Apple Wallet

The Wallet app also provides insights into how a user may better use their card to avoid paying interest on their outstanding balance.

Cardholders can also send a text message to Apple support for help understanding their bills or to file a dispute.

The wallet app also can export transaction data in multiple formats, including CSV, Quicken, and Quick Books.

Common Apple Card Questions

How do you apply for Apple Card?

The Apple Card can only be applied for within the Wallet app. You can start applying by clicking the plus-button in the top right corner.

What kind of credit do you need to be approved for Apple Card?

Apple does not specify what qualifies individuals for the card. There is a minimum APR of 13.24% and a maximum APR of 24.24% depending on your credit. The Apple Card has no yearly fees, no fees for transactions, and no fees for penalties.

Is the Apple Card really titanium?

Approximately 90% of Apple Card's material is titanium, with the remaining 10% of the alloy made up of aluminum. This is done to improve scratch resistance and durability of the card.

Does Apple Card offer cash back or rewards?

Yes, you will receive 3% cash back via Daily Cash at partnered retailers and Apple, 2% cash back for purchases made with Apple Pay, and 1% cash back for purchases made with the physical card. Daily Cash deposits are made after a purchase clears.

Users will recieve a notification every Sunday that tells them what their weekly spending, as well as their Daily Cash total is.

Apple Card Controversy

As with any Apple product, the Apple Card ran into some issues and controversy after launch.

Denied Applications

Early reports stated that the card might be available to those with sub-optimal credit scores.  Users with credit scores below 600 are likely to be declined. Additionally, anyone who has put a credit freeze on their account must lift the credit freeze before applying, or the application will be denied.

Apple wants to give denied applicants a path to Apple Card Apple wants to give denied applicants a path to Apple Card

Apple has launched a new program specifically for users who are denied their Apple Card application. The four-month program coaches users on how best to increase their chances of being approved for the card. While paying down debt and decreasing income-to-debt ratio seem like common-sense tactics, many people aren't familiar with how companies make creditworthiness decisions.

The Apple Card financial health website helps users understand some key factors used during a credit card application.

Discrimination accusations

In November of 2019, David Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails, had posted to Twitter that he'd received 20 times the credit limit of his wife. He alleged that Apple had been indicative that Apple was taking part in gender-biased practices.

It should be noted that Goldman Sachs, not Apple, handles all applications and determines a user's APR and credit limit.

A Goldman Sachs spokesperson responded by stating, "Our credit decisions are based on a customer's creditworthiness and not on factors like gender, race, age, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law."

The allegations piqued the interest of Wall Street regulators, who began an investigation to determine whether New York law was violated and if Goldman Sachs' algorithm practiced gender-biased discrimination on applicants of the Apple Card. The investigation found no evidence of discrimination.

iPhone 13 pre-order issues through iUP

Customers attempting to pre-order the iPhone 13 through Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program ran into errors when attempting to check out with Apple Card as payment. No official statement was made about the problem, though it appears the system was overloaded thanks to the mass amounts of people trying to buy an iPhone.