Apple Card launched publicly in the United States one year ago, offering Apple’s first credit card for American consumers with an iPhone.
“Apple Card is a new kind of credit card created by Apple. Integrated into the Wallet app and designed for iPhone and a healthier financial life, Apple Card sets a new level of privacy and security,” explains the company’s website.
Apple Card applications take place right on the iPhone and has no annual fees, to go with managed spending, plus cash back on Apple purchases.
Will Apple Card ever launch in Canada? Apple filed for the ‘Apple Card’ trademark in Canada last July, and some Canadians erroneously received invites to setup the credit card via email last year.
Goldman Sachs is Apple Card’s partner along with Mastercard in the United States. The company’s CEO told CNBC last year an Apple Card roll out internationally would be likely. But since then, nothing has materialized.
Canadians by now are used to waiting for the latest Apple features and products to land here. We waited for Apple Pay and also the HomePod. This December will mark three years since Apple Cash launched in the U.S., but despite numerous hints of possibly coming to Canada, we ain’t seen nothing yet (blame big Canadian banks for holding onto Interac e-Transfers tightly?).
Apple Canada’s website does have a local support document detailing ‘How to apply for Apple Card’. This could be a sign of things to come, but with major Canadian banks dominating the credit card scene here, who knows when we’ll ever see Apple Card land here.