Apple’s shiny new credit card has a lot of great features like clear statements, a cash back program, and an extremely Apple aesthetic. The flat white titanium design echoes a decade of other Apple products, including the iPhone and MacBook. But while the card is compatible with Apple’s virtual wallet, it is apparently not compatible with your real wallet.
The Apple Card became available to all U.S. consumers who own compatible iPhones earlier this week. This is primarily a virtual card that works in the Wallet app, but it is also a fully-fledged MasterCard, backed by Goldman Sachs, and cardholders can apply for a physical card to go with their card. Virtual.
The digital-first nature of the map is evident in the assistance guide for the physical card, which includes handling, maintenance and cleaning tips that unfortunately go against the way just about everyone uses or stores their credit card.
Apple advises consumers to store the card in “a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft materials” and to place the card “in a slot in your wallet or purse without touching another credit card,” for fear. that it is not scratched.
That is, unless you carry a leather wallet like tens of millions of consumers do. But putting it directly in your pants pocket is also prohibited if you wear jeans, as the vast majority of Americans occasionally do. “Some fabrics, like leather and denim, can cause permanent discoloration that won’t fade,” Apple cautions.
BBC round a number of Tweets from early users confirming that the physical card might look good when you get it, but probably not for long afterwards. “I can say that after two months of having the card in my leather wallet, it doesn’t look pretty anymore,” wrote one owner.
The damage is cosmetic only; the card will still work at a point of sale if you dare to keep it in your wallet. However, if you want to keep it looking new, Apple recommends that you gently wipe it down with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol using a soft microfiber cloth.