When is the Apple Card credit card coming to Australia?
What you need to know about the Apple credit card that integrates with your iPhone.
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Apple Card represents tech giant Apple's first move into the credit cards space. Issued by Goldman Sachs and building on the existing Apple Pay feature for contactless payments (which is already supported on many credit cards in Australia), the Apple Card is tightly integrated into the Wallet app on iPhones.
When will Apple Card be available in Australia?
Apple has not yet announced any plans for releasing the Apple Card outside the US. We'll update this page if and when Apple announces plans for an Australian launch of its credit card. In the meantime, your closest option is a credit card that offers cashback and can integrate with Apple Pay.
In the US, Apple Card became available for application on 20 August 2019.
Here's what we know about Apple Card in the US:
- Integrated with Apple Pay. Apple Card works via the existing Wallet app that lets you use Apple Pay. You can apply for the card through the Wallet app and transactions will show up in real time on your iPhone. Only devices with iOS 12.4 or later (or iPadOS) will give cardholders access to the Apple Card's full range of features, but you can still use it to make payments with an Apple Watch or other compatible devices with Apple Pay.
- A numberless titanium card. Cardholders can order a free titanium card designed by Apple, which can be used with retailers that don't support Apple Pay. Unusually, it won't feature either a credit card number or CVV, which is a move designed to improve security. If you need to look those up to enter online, you'll find them stored in the Wallet app on your iPhone.
- Daily Cash for cashback rewards. Apple Card will offer cashback payments on every purchase you make on the card. Purchases made using Apple Pay will earn 2% of the value of the purchase. Purchases from Apple and select partner retailers earn 3%, while purchases with the physical card get 1%. Some of these partnered retailers include Uber, T-Mobile, Nike and Walgreens. Apple Card won't let you earn frequent flyer points or integrate with other rewards schemes.
- No annual fee, foreign currency conversion fees or late fees. Apple is heavily promoting the "no-fees" aspect of the card. Important point: while there are no late fees as such, you will be charged additional interest if you don't make payments on time.
- Real-time interest estimates. The Apple Card will estimate how much interest you'll be charged, based on any payment amount you choose. This feature is similar to other credit card repayment calculators and gives you a chance to adjust your payment amount or budget for interest before it's charged.
- Spending tracker. The Apple Wallet will automatically categorise all your spending and show you where the spending happened using integration with Apple Maps.
- Instalment plans. When cardholders use their Apple Card to buy a new iPhone from Apple, they can pay it off with interest-free monthly instalments over 24 months. These instalments are subject to credit availability and minimum payments apply.
- Security features. Credit card numbers will be issued per device and will need to be authorised with Touch ID or Face ID. Apple has stated that it will not be able to see what you buy or where you buy it.
As of 20 April 2021, the advertised interest rate for the US version of the card varied from 10.99% p.a. to 21.99% p.a., based on creditworthiness. We'd always recommend comparing the interest rates before signing up for a card, to make sure you're not paying over the odds.
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Will Apple Card work if I don't have an iPhone?
In the US, you need to have the Wallet app on an iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.4 or later (or with iPadOS) to get access to all of the Apple Card's features. If you don't add a compatible iPhone or iPad to your account after getting an Apple Card, you could only use it for eligible Apple purchases.
Apple hasn't announced any plans to support the card on Android and it's highly unlikely that will happen. While a physical card is also supplied for use in stores that don't directly accept Apple Pay, you need to sign into your iCloud account with a valid Apple ID as part of the application process.
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