Don’t store your Apple Card with other cards, near leather, warns Apple

Apple has long prided itself on being a company that designs hardware that promotes natural, unhindered use. It’s also a company that makes computers meant to fit in our pockets, backpacks, and offices. The Apple Card is a weird move for a computer and phone maker, but even weirder is how it recommends you use the card in its new cleaning guide. That is to say, not at all like a regular credit card.

In the guide for cleaning its titanium, laser-etched card, Apple recommends the use of a “soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth” with isopropyl alcohol. It also recommends storing it in a wallet or pocket “made of soft materials,” and that it not touch other credit cards. And, most importantly, it notes that fabrics like leather (often used in wallets) and denim (often used in clothing) can cause discoloration of the card.

Here’s a link to a comedic record scratch sound if you don’t have one handy. This is such an odd choice by Apple and a reminder of how much the Apple Card is a prestige product more than one to be used.

The Apple Card is really weird

This isn’t anything like Apple’s issues with antennas, batteries, or factory workers. In the end, it’s just a credit card. But that’s what makes the Apple Card such a strange product and an equally weird cleaning guide. People store their credit cards in wallets with their other credit cards. Sometimes they’ll store them in wallet clips, with other cards, in their pockets. And no one on earth ever (I feel very comfortable stating this) has ever wiped their credit card with a microfiber cloth. And all of that doesn’t even make mention of the fact that this is a company that has a ubiquitous payment method powered by its technology in Apple Pay.

Here at the Tech Report, we’re computer builders and modders. Whether we’re installing Windows to our Apple computers or building a Hackintosh from scratch, we expect to be able to use our hardware. We love Apple hardware, but this shift is strange. The company with a reputation for building attractive, high-end, and very usable hardware has released a piece of kit that doesn’t make sense and isn’t usable.

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spiketheaardvark
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I’ve long been amazed at the aesthetics of fighter planes. The designers really don’t care how it looks. Every inch of fighter plane is designed purely for function: aerodynamics, mechanical necessities, radar signatures, ect.

This is the exact opposite. it’s meant to be pretty, with no thought to any actual function. Which makes it a technological knick knack.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Just wait and Apple will announce the “iWallet” as a safe personal repository for their card.

Starting at $299 and going up to $699 for Premium/Pro version.

BIF
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BIF

There is an “iWallet” already. It’s built-into Apple Pay on Apple devices.
So this product has me scratching my head. Why do I need ANY physical cards? That’s easy. Apple pay is STILL not available everywhere and it STILL fails way too often at places that do have it.

Apple should spend more time fixing the availability and reliability issues with Apple Pay.

ABundy
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ABundy

who will refund your fraud charges? crapple? yeah right.

LoneWolf15
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LoneWolf15

You *do* realize the card is underwritten by Goldman-Sachs, don’t you?

Hello
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Hello

Courageous!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

What were they thinking?

K-L-Waster
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K-L-Waster

[s]What[/s] [b]were[/b] they thinking?

superjawes
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superjawes

HTML!
Gotta use the alligators instead of the brackets, my dude!

jihadjoe
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jihadjoe

Wait HTML? Isn’t that potentially site-breaking dangerous?

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superjawes
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superjawes

And obviously Apple don’t pay their employees to think.

Colton Westrate
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Colton Westrate

My vision, a razor-sharp Apple card hand-thrown through an apple and recorded in slow motion. Can someone please make this happen?

willmore
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willmore

So, it’s bare titanium? They didn’t put a clear anodization on it? If they left it as a bare brushed Ti surface, then it’s basically a little piece of sand paper! It’s going to destroy anything it comes in contact with. Including the read heads on credit card readers. There’s no picture of the reverse of the card, but I assume it has a mag stripe on it. That’s going to tear up those “heads on both sides because people can’t read pictograms” type of card reader. I’ve got a metal core card from a different company and they put… Read more »

chuckula
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chuckula

You really are holding it wrong!!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

It needs extra glue!

K-L-Waster
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K-L-Waster

Waiting for Tim Cook to come out and say “You’re spending it wrong.”

ludi
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ludi

This seems like the sort of weirdness you get when a company is losing focus. On one hand, the “no card number” aspect is a useful feature (I’m pretty sure one of my cards has been stolen at least twice by service industry personnel using a cell phone camera, based on the locations of the theft and timing). But on the other hand, a big part of the ongoing push into digital payment models is to eliminate devices like credit cards entirely by folding it back into the user’s mobile devices — i.e. The Thing Apple Already Makes Really Well.

Ben Funk
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Ben Funk

The money tree’s growth has slowed significantly over the last couple years. A company that knew where the market was going (in 2008, under Steve Jobs) built something new and awesome. A company that has ceded big chunks of its high-end market thanks to an inability to differentiate itself and doesn’t know its ass from a hole in the ground (2019, under Tim Cook) isn’t capable of that sort of foresight.

superjawes
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superjawes

Although I’m still committed to the Apple ecosystem, I’ve been critical of their design philosophy since the iPhone 6 and That. Damn. Camera. A single extrusion ruining the flat face of all iPhone since. And with easy fixes!

Delivering cohesive, elegantly-designed products was Jobs’ biggest success. Even if his products weren’t the most advanced, they always looked and felt nice. The iterative nature of Apple’s products have hidden the decline for a while.

Ben Funk
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Ben Funk

Same. I’ve still got my iPhone XR and still have a Mac that I use quite frequently. Definitely lost, though. I need them to get their heads out of their asses.

LoneWolf15
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LoneWolf15

The irony for me is, while I have an iPhone 7 now and it’s okay, the best smartphone for me stopped -at my Droid MAXX with Android 4.4.2. First phone with Google Now, early in its lifetime it got “Driving Mode”. The GPS could tell when you were going faster than a certain speed, and would switch it on automatically. It would offer to read texts you received (you could decline) and it would offer to let you send replies, and the setup was more elegant than CarPlay is today. And because of Google Now, the search was far more… Read more »

LoneWolf15
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LoneWolf15

P.S. I am seriously ticked off with MacOS X 10.14 Mojave, too. We administer quite a few Mac clients, and it has become twice as hard, because Apple has adopted the Windows Vista security model they once mocked (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CwoluNRSSc ), making it near impossible to do any sort of unattended or automated install necessary for management, monitoring, or remote screen sharing, making the Mac even LESS friendly to enterprise than it was before. I have to wonder if IBM has adopted Mojave for their Macs (yes, standard platform for their employees) and if so, how they’re dealing with the… Read more »

BIF
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BIF

I have an iPhone, iPad, and the watch. And I’m convinced that Apple is on its way to bankruptcy.

I will consider a turnaround in place when Siri stops trying to annoy me with stupid responses (“I don’t know where Coconut Grove is”), get me into a car accident (while rowboating in a lake), or stage a mysterious drowning incident (in a desert).
I’m on to her, but she’s very very cunning and mischievous. I probably don’t have good odds at survival.

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