Apple keeps moving to ease the burdens of your life by taking over more and more of it. They've been making moves in the direction of finance, and now comes the Apple credit card.
It's made of titanium.
Titanium is tough stuff.
But, apparently, it's best not to let your Apple card touch certain materials. Like leather. (You know, the stuff they make wallets and purses out of.) And denim. (The stuff they make pants out of.) Also, you probably don't want to put your Apple card with any other cards. Not because the Apple card might get jealous, but because it might get scratched.
Maybe it's best just to keep your Apple card in a display case with your other Apple devices, away from traffic and direct sunlight, and just not use it ...
I heard this and thought it was pretty funny. All my credit cards are beat up pretty good. I probably wouldn't even keep the card with me and instead use Apple Pay whenever I could anyway, but it seems really silly to have a support document on their site about how to care for their credit card.
Are Apple suggesting that people actually wash their credit cards? I wouldn't have thought that a great idea.
Most issuing back allow damaged cards to be simply replaced and there's no need to exercise any particular care other then to prevent theft of your cards. But cards as a fashion item ...
I wonder how long it will take for somebody to come up with an Apple-card "screen protector".
Behind the scenes, the Apple-card is a Goldman-Sachs MasterCard with no AMF that earns cashback at the Apple store and when you use Apple-pay. Pretty much the same deal that is offered by Amazon, Walmart and many more retail outlets. If you want the best rewards, pick the card(s) that aligns with where you spend the most money. If your goal is to impress checkout clerks, you might instead consider a custom-printed credit card skin.
From an op-sec perspective, it is pretty cool that neither the card number nor the CCV are printed on the card itself and that it does not support NFC (tap) payments.
And yes credit cards are designed to survive a trip through the washer.
> AppDefects (Contributor III) edited a reply in Industry News on 08-28-2019 09:11
> What would Steve say about Apple products becoming an "infinite loop" of
> "fashion accessories"?
I think he'd be OK with that: especially the "infinite loop" part ...
But isn't part of Apple's problem market saturation? If you don't shift so many handsets to 'new' customers then you're reliant on existing users upgrading. Given the residual value in their existing handset they'll trade it in or sell it in the secondary market, reducing 'new' customers further. To maintain profits the handset price needs to go up. Now $1000+ doesn't seem great value, so customers delay their upgrade.
So we get other products launched chasing that elusive margin