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Apple Card: 10 key takeaways

Apple’s new bank card is not simply one other digital card in its digital pockets. It borrows lots of options from probably the most profitable manufacturers in funds and know-how.

It additionally builds on the safety practices and consumer expertise shoppers are acquainted with in Apple Pay. Not everybody will flock to Apple for his or her monetary wants — Apple’s choices for nondigital funds are considerably restricted — however the Apple Card brings collectively a number of ideas that customers have solely been in a position to get piecemeal from different card accounts.

This story was initially revealed March 26, 2019, and has been up to date with new info following Apple Card’s launch. It was compiled from reporting by PaymentsSource writers together with John Adams, Kate Fitzgerald, David Heun, Michael Moeser and Daniel Wolfe.

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Different banks can use Apple Card’s tech

The Apple Card takes a extra aggressively digital strategy to bank card relationships than most different merchandise in the marketplace — however the know-how behind it isn’t unique to Apple.

Following about 18 months of secretive improvement with Apple and Goldman Sachs, Mastercard was in a position to convey the identical providing to different issuers. Its platform carries over lots of the options that Apple Card customers will get, in accordance with Chris Reid, Mastercard’s government vice chairman of cyber intelligence and knowledge companies for North America. Reid spoke at SourceMedia’s annual Card Discussion board in Could.

“That is digital first. That is, all card particulars are solely out there within the digital setting,” Reid stated. “Sure it comes with a bodily card if you would like it — if the buyer needs it — however in that bodily card, it’s not going to hold the 16-digit PAN, it’s not going to hold the CVC, it doesn’t want to hold the customer support quantity or the expiry date.”

Reid attributed that to the secrecy surrounding the platform’s improvement beneath Apple’s strict nondisclosure agreements. Any financial institution that wishes to launch a card on this platform can accomplish that in six months, he stated.


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