Apple Card goes to the Web

At a special event in March of 2019, Apple’s previews a number of their new services including Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple TV+. The last item they talked about was a new service called Apple Card. Apple Card takes what we all have come to expect from a credit card and enhances it. Apple Card is a credit card that lives on your iPhone and integrates with Apple Pay.¬†Apple Card was released to consumers beginning in the late summer of 2019.

When Apple Card was first unveiled, one of the most requested features was the ability to export transactions, which was added in January of this year. The second most requested feature was a website. Today, Apple unveiled a website just for Apple Card. It is available at The website has the basics available. You can see your current balance, including some details, you can view your statements, schedule payments, manage bank accounts, and view benefits as well as terms and conditions. While you are on the site, you can also contact support via phone or the official Apple Card Support site.

There is one last thing to mention Apple Card. If you apply for a new Apple Card you will get $50 Daily Cash when you use your new Apple Card to pay for an Apple Service
and get $50 Daily Cash back. This includes Apple Music, TV+, App Store and other services. This only applies to new applicants, but it is a great way to get them into using the card.

It is great to see Apple adding features that user want. I am sure one of the things on their list is the ability to provide access for multiple people to the same Apple Card.


Apple Mac

A Couple of Mac Updates

The week before a World Wide Developer Conference can sometimes have new items become known. The release for these is because the items will not be discussed at the WWDC keynote. This year there are two hardware updates and a service update.

16-inch MacBook Pro Graphics

The first update is for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. There is a new graphics option available. You can now configure a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an AMD Radeon 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory. The other options available are all GDDR6 memory. The difference with the HBM2 memory is that it has more bandwidth available and ideally suited for Artificial Intelligence and advanced computing, like Machine Learning. Typically, HBM2 is more expensive than GDDR6 and this new option will cost you $800 to add to a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Mac Pro SSD Kit

If you are using the high-end of the high-end, the Mac Pro, there is a new kit for you, the SSD Kit. The SSD Kit for the Mac Pro will allow you to swap out the internal storage on your Mac Pro. The SSD Kit comes in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB kits. Once you have purchased your SSD Kit you can see how to install the new SSD with Apple’s support article.

Apple Card Payments

When you want to go and purchase that new 16-inch MacBook Pro, you may want to be able to use your Apple Card and finance it. Previously you could finance an iPhone over 24 months, but now you can finance other products as well. You can finance a HomePod, AirPods, and the Apple TV for six months, or an iPad or Mac for 12 months. When you do this, you get the Apple Pay Cash right up front.

Closing Thoughts

The inclusion of the new hardware options will be great for pro users who can benefit from the options and can significantly enhance their productivity. For those who may not be able to utilize the hardware, you can use the monthly payments option on your purchase of a Mac, iPad, HomePod, or AirPods, in addition to an iPhone.

Source: TechCrunch