Today Apple has begun the preview roll-out for its Apple Card to a select group of customers who signed up early after the service was announced back in March. The select few will be able to sign up for the service and apply for their cards ahead of the wider rollout scheduled for later this month. In addition, Apple also released several introductory videos detailing how to set up the card and use its basic features.
The setup procedure requires a device running iOS 12.4 or later and entering your personal details in a form via the Wallet app. The data will then be approved by Goldman Sachs and after that you will see your Apple Card pop up in the Wallet app.
You can immediately start using it but if you prefer to have a physical card youll have to request one (free of charge) during the setup process. If you go that route, Apple will send you an envelope with the shiny metal card by mail and you can activate it in a matter of seconds with your iPhone. Having the physical card allows you to make payments without your phone nearby but unfortunately, it’s not contactless.
The Wallet apps new Apple Card interface has some neat features which will help you track your spending, with different color categories which will reflect in the actual look of your digital Apple card. In addition, the UI categorizes your spending and lets you schedule payments and groups merchant data for your convenience. Another added benefit of Apples solution is that you get 2% cashback on all transactions made with Apple Pay.
Apple is expected to begin its large scale Apple Card rollout in the US by the end of this month but theres still no word on an international release for now.