Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

Update 8/05/19: The wallet.apple.com site has now been populated with instructions for how to sign up for Apple Card, along with an email link to be notified when it is available. Apple is now sending out Apple Card Preview invitations to a very limited group of testers.

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

When will it be available?

Apple says the Apple Card will be available in August.

How do I apply for the Apple Card?

With your iPhone, of course. Applications go through Apple Pay in the Wallet app, which means you’ll probably be periodically bothered to apply if you don’t already have one. 

You must be 18 or older and a U.S. citizen or lawful resident to apply.

The wallet.apple.com site has instructions for how to sign up, including a video. 

1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone.



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