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Old 24th Aug 2019, 13:23
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New Apple Credit Card

Apple released their new titanium credit card. It comes with some unique instructions:

Apple states: ďIf your titanium Apple Card comes into contact with hard surfaces or materials, itís possible that the coating can be damaged.Ē
If your Apple Card gets dirty, follow these steps to clean it:
  1. Gently wipe with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth.
  2. Moisten a soft, microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the card.
Apple warns against using window or household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia or abrasives to clean your titanium Apple Card.

How to safely store and carry your titanium Apple Card
Apple states the card can easily be damaged from contact with abrasive materials and even certain fabrics like leather and denim, which may cause permanent discoloration.

Here are some tips on how to minimize damage to your Apple Card:
  • Store your titanium Apple Card in a wallet, pocket or bag made of soft materials.
  • Place your card in a slot in your wallet or billfold without touching another credit card. If two credit cards are placed in the same slot your card could become scratched.
  • Donít 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.
  • Donít place your titanium Apple Card in a pocket or bag that contains loose change, keys, or other potentially abrasive objects.
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 13:55
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"Magnetic strip"? - how 1990s.
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 13:58
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How strange, my titanium watch just requires a battery from time to time. American fake titanium?
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 14:16
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Just A thought

What was Apple thinking?

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How strange, my titanium watch just requires a battery from time to time. American fake titanium?
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Credit card probably has titanium coating of some sort applied over plastic whereas your watch is a solid titanium metal alloy...
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 16:35
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And presumably you can only use it to purchase products approved by Apple.
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 05:34
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No, solid [email protected] titanium. However it is plated with a multi-layer white coating which, apparently, is easily scratched and discoloured. No different to any other card if you examine them. Just more obvious, and those applying will be picky types.




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Old 25th Aug 2019, 07:04
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No, solid [email protected] titanium. However it is plated with a multi-layer white coating which, apparently, is easily scratched and discoloured. No different to any other card if you examine them. Just more obvious, and those applying will be picky types.
Why on earth would you coat titanium?
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 08:21
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Two obvious reasons come to mind. Too use as a mask which you can cut through to form the symbols, name etc; and as a suitable surface for embedding the magnetic stripe.

Why use titanium in the first place is obviously a marketing/PR decision.
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Will anyone really have the brass neck to pose with one of these?
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 09:27
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for embedding the magnetic stripe
Why would you want a magnetic stripe? When is the last time someone used one of those?
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 09:45
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Is this really the best use of another of the earth's scarce, valuable mineral resources.

I really do despair of mankind's ability to secure any long term tenure on this planet!
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 10:09
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
Is this really the best use of another of the earth's scarce, valuable mineral resources.

I really do despair of mankind's ability to secure any long term tenure on this planet!
It's a fairly abundant metal and there's still plenty of titanium to go around and it's not something that is going to be running out or getting scarce for a very long time(if ever).
At least these cards can be recycled and if dumped, won't cause anywhere near as much in the way of environmental problems as plastic credit cards can do.
I realise that Apple wouldn't have chosen titanium for the sake of the environment but whatever the reason, I think having these sorts of products made from metal instead of plastic is a step in the right direction.


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Old 25th Aug 2019, 11:07
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Why would you want a magnetic stripe? When is the last time someone used one of those?
These cards are only available in the US at the moment. Magnetic stripe card readers are still the defacto standard there rather than chip and pin.
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 11:33
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
Will anyone really have the brass neck to pose with one of these?
I think one of those will look very nice in a picture alongside the BMW keys and Bremont/Breitling watch on one of those ďpilot lifeĒ type Instagram accounts.
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Originally Posted by 747 jock View Post
It's a fairly abundant metal and there's still plenty of titanium to go around and it's not something that is going to be running out or getting scarce for a very long time(if ever).
At least these cards can be recycled and if dumped, won't cause anywhere near as much in the way of environmental problems as plastic credit cards can do.
I realise that Apple wouldn't have chosen titanium for the sake of the environment but whatever the reason, I think having these sorts of products made from metal instead of plastic is a step in the right direction.
On that note, all the resort's we stayed at the Philippines this year had substituted plastic straws with bamboo or stainless steel.
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 20:58
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How long before:
  1. Terrorists realise it would be really easy to grind a sharp edge on an Apple card?
  2. Airport security bans the carriage of Apple cards in aircraft cabins?
  3. Apple drop the titanium credit card?
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 21:03
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As in, Apple credit card - the cutting edge?
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 21:13
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Originally Posted by Mechta View Post
How long before:
  1. Terrorists realise it would be really easy to grind a sharp edge on an Apple card?
Why would they bother?
You can legally take a nice long stainless or titanium pen on to an aircraft, something that could easily be used as a weapon.

Failing that, they could simply buy a knife the same size as a credit card and at only 2mm thick, would easily fit inside a wallet and can be purchased for around $1 each.

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Originally Posted by Mechta View Post
How long before:
  1. Terrorists realise it would be really easy to grind a sharp edge on an Apple card?
  2. Airport security bans the carriage of Apple cards in aircraft cabins?
  3. Apple drop the titanium credit card?
Iím going to go out on a limb here. The majority of people that get these cards will use them on Apple Pay on their iPhones. The actual credit card probably wonít leave their house.

And to be fair at 3 2 or 1% cash back depending on use why the hell not. My Amex card only gives me 1.25% cash back and thatís because I spend an annual fee and I only get the cash back annually. This card supposedly gives you daily cash back.

So even if the physical card card is banned by airports, people will still use them like wildfire.
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 04:06
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"Magnetic strip"? - how 1990s.

Even here in advanced Euroland road toll pay machines read only the magnetic strip
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