Who’s the king of iPhone accessories? Well, that would be CEO Tim Cook, but let’s save that meme for another missive. Apple makes hardware that is much beloved and so we like to protect our devices and keep them out of harm’s way? Guess what’s next?
Dirty Card, Down Boy
Nathan and I have collected our share of credit cards through the years. 25 years of adulthood will do that to a couple. Out of the dozens of cards we’ve owned, we never once– not once– had the need to clean one. I checked. Amazon and Walmart do not have credit card polish. I checked. Not one of our current credit cards came with instructions on how to clean the card or even with warnings on how to store or use the cards.
Then along came Apple Card. You know you want one. They have the most competitive interest rates (not). They have the only app that records and displays purchases (not). They have a customer base that can be led with a stick and a carrot (OK, there’s that).
Well, we each have Apple Card and I admit they are purely Apple. They come in a nice luxurious fold card and the easiest way to authorize a card we’ve ever used. The card itself smacks of typical Apple luxury; firm and beautiful with a classy design.
So what’s the problem? Let Apple explain.
Store your titanium Apple Card in a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft materials.
But doesn’t that describe where most credit cards reside? Wallets? Wallets usually are made of leather. Pockets often are made of denim. Bags are often leather, too.
What’s going on, Apple?
Some fabrics, like leather and denim, might cause permanent discoloration that will not wash off.
Oh, no. Apple just launched a new accessories business that could be worth billions in a few years.
Apple Card Protective Cases.
Forget the fact that we have never ever never needed to clean a credit card in 25 years of credit card history, Apple has instructions on how to clean Apple Card.
- Gently wipe with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth.
- Moisten a soft, microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the card.
- Don’t use window or household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives to clean your titanium Apple Card.
I get the idea of an Apple Card protective case. If you’re still into traveling around with credit cards, Apple Card needs to go with you, but since you’ll be using Apple Pay on iPhone or Watch, there’s no need to take it out of the case.
How much would an Apple Card protective case cost?
I’m thinking that if Apple can get $39 for 25-cents worth of silicone in the Silicone Case, they can get at least $19 for an Apple Card case that helps to keep it clean, helps it to avoid touching other credit cards, avoids the discoloration routine from leather and denim, and can even protect it from RFID scanners.
$19 seems cheap, right?
Oh, OMT— Apple Card to users:
Don’t touch me. Don’t let anything touch me. I’m the Madonna Card. I want to be ‘Like a Virgin.’ Just use Apple Pay, OK?