No bigger news should get you excited in the financial industry like the new Apple credit card.
The Rewards that Comes with It
Apple Card has the best of its peers in terms of its cash back rewards. As consumers, you are entitled to 3% cash back on every purchase at Apple, and a 2% cash back on other purchases via Apple Pay, and another further 1% cash back on purchases done physically- titanium credit card.
It’s without a doubt that the rewards attached to this particular card make it one of the best cash back credit cards in the market today — it on par with the likes of Fidelity Visa cards.
Here are the features that have wowed everyone — first, the 2% cash back which demands the use of Apple Pay. Despite having penetrated the retailing market in the U.S., there are still a significant number of stores that do not accept Apple Pay. In case there will be a rise in the demand for Apple Card, it’s likely that more retailers will accept it. More consumer will even love it because of the 2% rewards.
Second. No more waits! The Apple Card gives daily rewards on cash back. You won’t have to wait for your amount to accrue to the redeemable levels. The “Daily Cash” is added to your Apple Cash card every day.
These rewards can purchase on the Apple Pay, can pay down the Apple Card balance, and finally sending to friends through the iMessage.
Last, of the three, the 3% rewards apply to more than just the Apple stores, it is usable on the App Store and Apple services. We do believe that these improvements will create a mass migration or adoption by the consumers to the Apple world.
Fees Is A Gone Case
There are no fees charged here whatsoever. No annual fee, no late fee, no fees charged on international transactions, not even the over-the-limit fee. Don’t even think of a penalty rate because it’s not in the picture.
The App Is Easy to Use
This application is so simple, stunning and easy to use; we would expect nothing less considering this is an Apple product.
In the app, you can see the balance on your card. It also shows the number of days until the payment is due.
Besides, this fantastic app is excellent as a budgeting tool. You need a mere tap to see your spending displayed in a color-coded category; this is in your weekly and monthly expenditure.
You will undoubtedly be enthralled by how this app conveys payment and the rates of interest to you as a consumer.
Furthermore, the app has a provision for the consumers to change their monthly payment amount easily so that they can see how it affects interest charges. This app indicates the duration it will take to clear the balance given which makes it possible for the consumers to pay their monthly bill right from the app.
It’s even easy to make several monthly payments so that you reduce interest charges. And above all, this app makes it easier to understand the purchase store.
Finally, for customers’ support, you only need to send a text message and boom!
It’s time to sit back and wait to see the response from the other credit card issuers. With all the features discussed above, it’s pretty much easier to understand why Apple Card app has the potential revolutionize the financial industry differently.
How Does Apple’s Credit Card Affect Fintech?
The traditional financial sectors did not see this coming! And dismay, nightmares have quickly turned into reality-Apple is now in the banking game.
This new credit card healthy for the financial industry. It comes with a lot of promises, most which are almost totally new some of which certain fintech firms and challenger banks are trying to incorporate into their credit products.
According to Apple Pay Vice President, Jennifer Bailey, their sole objective with this card is to help consumers have “a better understanding of their spending so they can make smarter choices with their money, transparency to help them understand how much it will cost if they want to pay overtime and ways to help them pay down their balance.”
Available as a mobile application
In about six months, potential consumers living in the United States will be banking from their hands. They will be in a position to sign up for the Apple Card using the Wallet app available in the iPhone and start using the Apple Pay straight away.
Well, many banks today allow a customer to sign up for a credit card online; however, none that we can think of has so far done the Apple-enabled the immediate use of credit, it’s an emerging trend so to speak.
Tandem, for example, a challenger bank that has something close to the Apple move through with a lot to do before you use the services. Here, the customer waits until he/she receive the card, activation of the card in the mobile app follows, before visiting an ATM to activate it further before using it in making purchases.
It’s a massive reduction in the due process by Apple, and it won’t be a surprise seeing most American going this way.
Breakdown of the Spending
Apple has the categorization of payments, classifying them as Food and Drinks, Shopping and Entertainment. As if that’s not enough, the tech giants have gone a step further by using “machine learning and Apple Maps to label transactions with merchant names and locations.”
Apple will further avail periodical (weekly and monthly) spending summaries. The question remains whether this move will encourage the users of Apple Card to “live a healthier financial life.”
After this announcement, the appetite for an Apple credit card in the U.S. is now growing. The invasion by Goldman into the credit platform is an interesting one; this comes barely three years since launching its finance platform-Marcus. What Apple is offering is not different from what fintech players have, however, reports have it that due to the customer data that the Giant Tech company already owns, the company is one step in front of the others in the financial industry and they will have a catch up to play.