Apple Card beta opens to thousands of retail workers

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By design, Apple Card helps customers understand and track their spending.
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Apple is rapidly expanding the beta program of its credit card by letting thousands of its retail employees test it out.

With a public launch slated for later this summer, Apple is reportedly working out the final kinks with an internal group so it can launch on time this summer.

Over 70,000 people are employed in Apple’s worldwide retail operations. It’s unclear if all of them are eligible to apply for Apple Card now, but Bloomberg reports that retail workers were recently notified this week that they can sign up for the consumer-friendly credit card.

Retail employees that get Apple Card are told not to discuss the card, but are allowed to use it in public to make purchases. Apple Card is a digital-first credit card, however it also comes with a physical titanium card so you just might see it in use real soon.

Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs to make its credit card a reality. The digital card can be used by employees immediately and offers benefits for using Apple Pay. The physical titanium cards should arrive in employees’ mailboxes within the next two or three weeks.

The official launch of Apple Card should come within the next month or two or even weeks from now. Support for Apple Card is included in iOS 12.4. The fourth beta for iOS 12.4 was recently seeded to developers, signaling that the launch is fairly imminent.