Guide to Apple Card

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In 2019, Apple, Mastercard and Goldman Sachs launched the Apple Card, a new rewards credit card with an emphasis on security, privacy and financial management.

The card rewards Apple purchases as well as in-person and online shopping through Apple Pay, but also helps consumers pay off their balances, save money on fees and interest and build their credit over time. As a demonstration of this commitment to credit-building, Apple recently launched the Path to Apple Card program that gives denied cardholders a second chance at approval.

Improved credit scores and cash back rewards aren’t the only reasons to consider the Apple Card. If you like mobile wallets and the ability to make in-store purchases with your phone, the Apple Card is set up to work seamlessly with Apple Pay. If you prefer a physical credit card, the engraved titanium Apple Card feels sturdy in your hand and looks great in your wallet — in fact, Bankrate recently included the Apple Card in its list of best-looking credit cards.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Apple Card, from Apple credit card requirements to how to use Apple Pay to earn Daily Cash on purchases.

How do you apply for the Apple Card?

If you have an iPhone, applying for the Apple Card is easy. Simply open the Wallet app, tap the plus sign and select “Apply for Apple Card.” Confirm or update your personal information with Apple, then review and accept the terms and conditions.

If your application is accepted, the card is instantly added to your Apple Wallet — meaning you can begin making purchases right away. You can then request a titanium Apple card that will arrive later in the mail.

If your application is denied, Apple may invite you to participate in its new Path to Apple Card program. This unique program gives denied applicants detailed information about the reasons why their application was denied, as well as tasks they can complete to help them improve their credit. If you complete the Path to Apple Card program successfully, you’ll have the option to reapply for the Apple Card.

What are the Apple credit card requirements?

Here’s Apple’s list of requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years or older, depending on where you live
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful U.S. resident with a U.S. residential address or military address (no P.O. boxes)
  • You must own a compatible iPhone with the latest iOS installed
  • You must use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID
  • You must sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID

What credit score do you need for the Apple Card?

According to Apple, customers with a credit score lower than 600 might not be approved for the Apple Card. This means that some applicants with fair or average credit (scores ranging between 580-669) might be accepted for the Apple Card, while others might be declined. If your initial application is not successful, you may be able to use the Path to Apple Card program to complete credit-building tasks and become eligible for the Apple Card.

Does the Apple Card help you build credit?

If you use your Apple Card responsibly, it can help you build your credit over time. To improve your credit score with the Apple Card, focus on making regular, on-time payments and try to keep your credit card balance as low as possible. As of this writing, the Apple Card reports credit activity to TransUnion and Equifax — two of the three major credit bureaus — and Apple may expand reporting to Experian in the future.

Is the Apple Card free?

The Apple Card is a no annual fee credit card, which means there’s no annual cost to use the card. Plus, you won’t be charged cash advance fees, foreign transaction fees or late fees. If you do end up making a late payment, you won’t get stuck with a penalty APR.

What is the Apple Card credit limit?

According to Apple, your Apple Card credit limit is determined by a number of factors including your income, the minimum payment amounts associated with your current debt, your credit utilization ratio and credit score.

How do you make purchases with the Apple Card?

There are two ways to use your Apple Card to make purchases. You can use your titanium Apple Card everywhere Mastercard is accepted, or you can use your Wallet app to make purchases in-store and online.

How to make purchases in-store

If a store register accepts Apple Pay, you can make a purchase by double-clicking the side button on your iPhone, completing the authentication step (which is as simple as using Touch ID or Face ID) and holding your phone over the card reader. The transaction will complete automatically.

How to make purchases online

To use your Apple Card for mobile purchases, simply select Apple Pay at checkout. Double-click the side button on your iPhone to confirm the purchase, complete the authentication step and the transaction will process automatically. You can also make Apple Pay purchases on your iPad, Apple Watch or Mac.

Where is your Apple Card credit card number located?

The titanium Apple Card features a minimalist, security-focused design that doesn’t include a credit card number. To look up your Apple card number, open your Wallet app, locate your Apple Card, tap the three dots in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen and select “Card Information.” Complete the authentication step to prove that it’s really you, and the Wallet app will reveal your credit card number.

How do you earn rewards with the Apple Card?

When you make certain types of purchases with your Apple Card, you earn Daily Cash. These cash back rewards are applied to your account every day, and you can decide whether to use your Daily Cash to make purchases, send money to friends or family or make a one-time payment towards your Apple Card balance.

Here’s how the reward structure works:

  • Earn 3 percent cash back when you buy Apple products using Apple Pay
  • Earn 3 percent cash back when you make purchases with select retailers, including Duane Reade, Exxon, Mobil, Nike, T-Mobile, Uber, Uber Eats and Walgreens, using Apple Pay
  • Earn 2 percent cash back when you use Apple Pay to make purchases elsewhere
  • Earn 1 percent cash back on all other purchases

Cardholders who apply through July 31, 2020, can earn $50 bonus Daily Cash the first time they use their Apple Card to pay for an Apple Service such as Apple Music or TV+. Apple often gives new cardholders the opportunity to earn $50 bonus Daily Cash, so make sure you take advantage of the opportunity.

How can you maximize your Apple Card rewards?

To maximize your Daily Cash rewards, make sure to use Apple Pay for as many purchases as possible — that way, you automatically earn 2 percent cash back. Your rewards get bumped up to 3 percent cash back if you make Apple Pay purchases with Apple, Uber, Walgreens or another participating retailer.

What other perks does the Apple Card offer?

In addition to cash back rewards, the Apple Card offers several features designed to help cardholders manage their finances and build their credit. Use the Wallet app to track your purchases by category or identify spending habits and trends. When you make credit card payments, the Wallet’s payment wheel will offer recommendations to help you avoid interest charges and pay down your balance more quickly. You can even pay for Apple products in interest-free installments.

Is the Apple Card right for you?

If you already use Apple Pay for the majority of your purchases, the Apple Card might be a good choice for you. If you don’t use Apple Pay and don’t plan on using Apple Pay in the future, the Apple Card won’t be as good of a fit — and you might want to consider a different cash back rewards card instead.

Ultimately, the Apple Card is best for people who are excited about using mobile wallets and who already make a lot of purchases with Apple and its selected retailers. However, since the Apple Card accepts applicants with fair credit and gives people who were initially declined the opportunity to improve their credit score and apply again, the Apple Card might also be a good option for people who want to use a credit card to help build their credit.

If you are interested in the Apple Card, apply and see what happens. If your application gets declined, you might be able to use the Path to Apple Card program to reapply successfully in the future. If your application gets accepted, remember to use Apple Pay for as many purchases as possible to maximize your Daily Cash and take advantage of everything the Apple Card has to offer.