Apple may have promised that the new Apple Card has no annual fees, the new credit card venture by the tech giant is apparently more high-maintenance than users thought it would be. That is because Apple said that there is a specific way to clean the Titanium Apple Cards, and there are things that it could not come in contact with.
The day after Apple announced that Americans could start applying for the Apple Card which they can use to make purchases in stores, book flights, and buy online, they published an updated support webpage detailing how the Apple Card should be taken care of.
According to the support page, “the titanium Apple Card is laser-etched with the card holder’s name and the Apple logo. A white finish is achieved through a multi-layer coating process that’s added to the titanium base material.”
Apple warns that this multi-layer coating is sensitive and could be damaged when it comes into contact with hard surfaces or materials. Instead, Apple said that users need to “gently wipe with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth” when cleaning the card. Users should also “moisten a soft, microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the card.”
Good thing they aren’t selling an iCloth for this task.
The company further warns users that they should not use window or household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives when cleaning their Titanium Apple Cards.
Aside from the right way of cleaning the apparently sensitive Titanium Apple Cards with a white coating that could be damaged if they come in contact with rough surfaces and materials, Apple also included in the support page a series of reminders regarding how the Apple Card should be stored by their owners.
If the company wasn’t clear enough that the Titanium Apple Card should not touch a hard surface or material, the support page reiterated that the credit card should be stored “in a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft materials.” This simply means that you could not store your Apple card in your wallet if it’s made of leather or denim.
If not being able to store the Apple Cards in leather or denim wallets isn’t enough of a hassle for users, Apple also adviced users not to store their Apple Cards in a wallet where the card would touch other credit cards. “If two credit cards are placed in the same slot your card could become scratched,” Apple said.
Of course, as a standard practice, people should not place their magnetized cards near magnets, and Apple made sure that their users understood this too.
“Don’t place or store your titanium Apple Card card near magnets. If your card is placed close to a magnetic latch on a purse or bag, the magnetic strip can become demagnetized,” they added.
Similarly, the company also warned against putting the cards in pockets or bags that they come in contact with coins, keys, and other hard objects that could be stored inside a bag or a pocket. Other potentially abrasive objects should also be avoided, Apple said.
Earlier this week, Apple announced that eligible Americans could now start applying for their new Apple Cards, which offers low interest and with no fees. The company announced that there would be no annual fees and late fees for those who have missed their credit card payment deadlines.
“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple’s credit card and its positive reception,” she added. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”
Apple prides the credit cards innovative market offering and its lucrative rewards system where users can earn rebates of up to 3% for every purchase they make using the credit card. “Apple Card’s compelling rewards program, Daily Cash, gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day,” reads the press release.
“To help customers make informed choices, Apple Card shows a range of payment options and calculates the interest cost on different payment amounts in real-time,” added by Apple to its promises.