Apple's Titanium Credit Card Has A Kryptonite And Facepalm, It's Leather

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The new Apple Card is now available for everyone in the United States to apply for, and that means that you've probably seen countless (and positively mind-numbing) "unboxing" videos and countless other commentary on what is essentially a rewards credit card.

While the Apple Card is primarily seen as a digital form of payment that is used with Apple Pay, you can optionally order a physical form the of the card that can be used at brick and mortar locations, and herein lies the rub... literally. Apple has just posted a FAQ for the Apple Card in which it details some dos and don'ts with respect to storing that physical card.

For starters, Apple says that you should not store the Apple Card -- which is made of titanium -- in a leather wallet. Wait, what?I don't know about women, but most men have traditionally stored their credit cards in leather wallets for eons. That’s a given, so what was Apple thinking here? The company writes, "Some fabrics, like leather and denim, might cause permanent discoloration that will not wash off."

So, we guess "You're storing it wrong" is apt in this case. We can blame this fragility on the fact that the Apple Card uses a "white finish [that] is achieved through a multi-layer coating process that's added to the titanium base material." Apple goes on to give some tips on how to protect the finish of the Apple Card, many of which are obvious, like avoiding put it in pockets with abrasive items and keeping it from rubbing up against other metal credit cards.

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The company also talks about cleaning the Apple Card with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth, which just seems to be a bit excessive. I don't know about you, but I just throw my credit cards in my leather wallet without a care and they still look relatively fresh years later.

With that being said, it'd probably be advisable that most just forgo using the physical Apple Card anyway. In-person purchases where the card is either swiped or inserted only net you 1% Daily Cash, while all Apple Pay transactions (via your iPhone, Apple Watch, etc.) will get you 2% Daily Cash. Apple Pay purchases made via Apple Stores or Uber will get you 3%.

You can check out the Apple Card FAQ by clicking the following link.

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