Apple initiates replacement program for expired physical Apple Cards

Apple has announced the initiation of a replacement program for the first physical iteration of Apple Cards that are nearing expiration.

Apple Card

The first batch of Apple Cards issued in August 2019 are reaching their expiration dates this summer, around five years after they were issued. Apple is proactively sending out replacement titanium cards to those affected customers.

While the expiration might raise concerns, it’s important to remember that Apple Pay remains the primary mode of operation for most Apple Card users. This secure and contactless payment method continues to function seamlessly, even if your physical card expires.

Apple Card

The replacement cards maintain the signature titanium build that many have come to love about the Apple Card. These new cards will likely arrive via mail, accompanied by instructions for activation.

Apple’s email will look something like this:

We’re sending a replacement titanium card to your billing address so you can continue to use it at physical locations. Remember, even without a physical card you can always use your Apple Card at any location that accepts Apple Pay. Your new titanium card will be shipped within 2 weeks from the date of this communication.

You can continue to use your titanium card until it expires or you activate the new one. You can still use Apple Card with Apple Pay and your virtual card number to shop at merchants that don’t yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill.

Once you receive your replacement card, activation is crucial. Apple emphasizes this, as your current card will cease to function on its designated expiration date. The activation process is pretty straightforward, similar to setting up your original card.

While Apple Pay enjoys widespread adoption, there are still situations where a physical card remains a necessity. This includes stores that haven’t yet embraced contactless payments, car rentals, and hotels that require a physical card for verification purposes.

For users who rely on their Apple Card for these scenarios, the expiration and replacement process hold greater importance. However, with Apple taking a proactive approach, the transition should be smooth.

If you signed up for the Apple Card after the initial launch in August 2019, you can expect to receive a similar notification closer to your card’s five-year mark. Apple is likely rolling out replacements in phases, prioritizing those whose cards are expiring first.

(Via MacRumors)

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