I was thinking during the Card announcement how great (and funny) it would be if Apple provided Financial Peace University scholarships to Apple Card applicants.Americans just love debt.
If Apple really cared, they should throw in some financial management course such as Dave Ramsey.
The fine print or key details aren't going to sell as well as nice buzz words. "No foreign transaction fees or yearly subscription fee? Sign me up." Rather than "13.24% to 24.24% APR, definitely need to get me some of that!"Variable APRs range from 13.24% to 24.24% based on creditworthiness. Apple left that out.
MasterCard mostly got rid of requiring signatures for purchases last year. Add to that that most places you swipe/insert your own card anyway. And finally few people ever look for a signature. So this is a non issue.
Goldman Sachs lost their shirt and their shoes (sole) during financial crisis? That's rough. Hopefully that will knot happen again.“We needed a really innovative bank, so we chose.... Goldman Sachs?”
Sure, they caused the 2008 financial crisis and have no sole, but they’re really innovative and awesome!
As long as the register accepts it, places won’t care. I’ve been to quite a few places that took Apple Pay and the cashier was like “I don’t think we do that here” then I pay and they see the register saying Paid. And then they’re like “oh...I guess we do”. It’ll be the same thing with the Apple Card.
No PIN I don't think. It's just a regular credit card, except without the identifying data stamped into the card itself. And it's more of a push into Apple Pay usage since it will be best used with Apple Pay with the much larger 2% through Apple Pay but only 1% through regular card transactions.Given that the physical card has no provision for a signature, I wonder if the card will feature PIN -- and, notably, offline pin -- authentication for the cases where Apple Pay cannot be used, *and* whether that will function properly everywhere. I have a true chip-and-pin -- i.e. PIN priority -- card and at one retail establishment -- Nordstrom -- their point-of-sale system would not accept it. It would fail with "transaction could not be completed". I called my bank and they confirmed the transaction doesn't even make an appearance there; i.e. it is failing at the store. And, believe it or not, on one occasion when I attempted to use the card at Nordstrom, their point-of-sale system actually *rebooted*. Really.
It's a no-fee 2% cash back card. There aren't that many of them out there. This makes sense even if only as a secondary card. It gives me a better rate of return than my fee based Southwest and Chase cards, and adds Mastercard to my currently Visa only wallet, so I'm open to it.Would not you get a better deal (5% cash back) even on Apple products using Discover card (at Apple store) or Amazon Card (at Amazon.com). Why would anyone want this card? To lose money?
Discover only has 5% on certain categories at certain times of the year, and it's not automatic (you must activate the category). And I don't think I've seen them ever have Apple stores in a category.Would not you get a better deal (5% cash back) even on Apple products using Discover card (at Apple store) or Amazon Card (at Amazon.com). Why would anyone want this card? To lose money?
Well if they take contactless you’ll be using your iphone or apple watch. The titanium card is only for places wherever you can’t do that such as US restaurants. And they probably would. Americans are not as terrified of something new as people in other countries such as Mexico.