This week, the Apple Card became available to the masses in the U.S., but early adopters who choose to also obtain the physical card in addition to an iPhone-based one may want to store their delicate sliver of titanium in a vacuum-sealed glass box.
Apple Insider first reported that on Wednesday a “How to clean your Apple Card” guide was added to Apple’s website, giving some specific instructions about proper care for the credit card. The support page serves as a good reminder that this is not just a new credit card — it’s a delicate, coveted Apple product that should be handled sensitively.
The explainer advises against putting the card in contact with denim and leather, both of which “might cause permanent discolouration that will not wash off.” It also suggests card-holders avoid putting the card “in a pocket or bag that contains loose change, keys, or other potentially abrasive objects.” Additionally, Apple says the card should be placed in a slot where it doesn’t touch other credit cards, as their substandard plastic could scratch the tender Apple Card.
If the exquisite metal sheet becomes tarnished “with contaminants that can cause stains,” then Apple advises users “gently wipe with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfibre cloth” then “moisten a soft, microfibre cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the card.”
They should not clean the physical embodiment of Apple’s economic vision with “window or household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives,” which could presumably damage the elegant plate.
Apple did not respond to a Gizmodo request for comment on the guidelines for card care, so we are not sure exactly how the company foresees people storing the card. The online instructions suggest people put it in a wallet or pocket, but since many wallets are made of leather and many pockets are made of denim, card-holders should proceed with caution.
Fortunately for concerned Apple Card-holders who don’t want to risk ruining their card, there is a $US980 ($1,450) gold-coated titanium and carbon fibre wallet that is marketing itself as an ideal Apple Card container.
Who knew the future of currency would be so precious?