What looks like a dirty Apple Card is the white coating of the product that wears off. | Source: Zed via Twitter
For the first time, Apple suggested that the white finish of physical Apple Card copies obtained through a "multi-layer coating process" was vulnerable to a support pages document released this week could be for scratches, nicks and discoloration.
On Tuesday, the company issued a statement on proper cleaning and care of the credit card. Users should wipe the surface gently with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfibre cloth. Users with particularly soiled cards can perform the extra step of wiping (careful!) With a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Needless to say, card issuers, including those using Titan versions, usually do not take such steps. [1
After the support document got around, users who were part of the Apple Card preview program started sharing their experiences online.
AppleInsider Reader Zed shared photos of his card, which was reportedly kept in a leather wallet and used for about two months. In a tweet the early user and former Apple employees said that the white surface of the card "falls off" the titanium base and leaves a once-flawless surface with dark pockmarks.
A person who uses the Apple Card daily since early June. The copy showed signs of erosion after about a month. The white part of the card began to wear on the edges and above the magnetic stripe after it was stored in a leather case along with other cards. This is a no-no, according to Apple.
Currently, the superficial problem only seems to be because users with cosmetically damaged cards will not report any difficulty executing transactions at point-of-sale terminals. Whether the obvious weathering will one day lead to malfunction remains to be seen, especially in sensitive areas such as the magnetic strip.
However, the photos and testimonials are a precaution for those who want to keep their shiny new Apple product in perfect condition.
Apple has opened applications for Apple Card for US customers on Tuesday. After months of internal testing and a one-week public "preview," allowing the company to give random users access to the service, it was widely available.
Apple's credit card solution offers full integration with Apple Pay, with a focus on non-contact NFC-based transactions and heavy reliance on the Wallet app. With an iPhone-based ecosystem, customers are encouraged to make digital purchases and buy in in-store stores that support Apple Pay. The Titan Apple Card can therefore be regarded as a concession rather than a Tentpole feature. This is considered necessary as Apple expands its network of participating retailers.