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The Titanium Apple Credit Card Is Surprisingly Fragile

Apple has finally released its long-awaited titanium credit card! Have you got one yet? If you have applied and got one, be careful how you store it; the company is warning that storing it in certain types of material can permanently discolor the card, making your pristine titanium look awfully dirty.

Apple has finally released its titanium credit card, now available to all iPhone users in the United States who apply for it and are able to get one. The card comes with some perks: 3 percent cash back for purchases with Apple, 2 percent cash back for purchases made with Apple Pay and 1 percent cash back on purchases made with the Apple Credit Card. It’s pretty slick—it’s heavy titanium “laser-etched with the card holder’s name and the Apple logo,” finished in white “achieved through a multi-layer coating process that’s added to the titanium base material,” Apple said, reported by The Verge.

There’s only one small problem, though. If you have a leather wallet or put your card in jeans pockets, it could be easily damaged. Leather and denim could discolor the card permanently, meaning your slick titanium credit could permanently look pretty dirty. Plus, since it’s titanium with a coating, it’s more susceptible to scratches.

Apple has launched a support page specifically for the card and how to take care of it. As far as cleaning it, “Don’t use window or household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives to clean your titanium Apple Card,” the website says. Don’t put it by magnets, either, because that could demagnetize the card’s strip.

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KRSW August 27, 2019

There's only something more fragile than the Apple card -- its users ego.