05/18/22 – What Is The Apple Card?
I paid $4.59 for gas yesterday. According to a major bank, the average may be $6.20 by summer. A discount grocer I shop at used to sell eggs for $1.19. They are now $2.45. I don’t think these issues are going away any time soon. The valleys of life sometimes entail living with the consequences of others’ (poor) decisions. 2022 is going to be one of those times.
but there are — Stories of Hope
My 89 year old great aunt and 94 year old grandmother recently have recovered from Covid 19 after getting infected about 1 month ago. Recovery is possible, common, and likely. Both took the new anti-viral medications. I believe early treatment is essential, whether you take conventional or unconventional paths. Once again you are able to order 8 free tests for your household. It takes a minute to fill out the form. Here is another tool for your tool bag.
COVID.gov/tests – Free at-home COVID-19 tests
Computer Speed Up Specialist
Do you have a 3 to 7 year old Windows computer that is starting to get a little slow? Are you put off by the supply shortages and the cost of buying a new computer? I think I may have an answer for you. Unlike modern Macs, that have all soldered in unremovable parts — most Windows systems have a replaceable hard drive. If your system seems that slow, you can likely benefit from a replacement with a solid state drive (SSD). I make sure your files are backed up and then re-install Windows and your essential programs and copy your files back on to the computer. This is a real jolt in the arm for your PC and it likely feels faster than when the computer was new. These jobs can take as little as 2 hours. I just did one last week for a client that was 3 hours. When choosing your next computer, only get one with an SSD in the future. The Windows and Mac operating systems are meant for SSDs, in fact it is not possible to buy a Mac without one.
Welcome to the world of high tech finance, I suppose. For years, customers have always been able to finance an Apple product and get a certain number of interest free payments, at least on their first purchase. Most recently, shoppers were offered a Barclays Apple Rewards Visa. However, in 2019 Apple decided to take things in house and offer their own Mastercard called the Apple Card. Apple is putting their name on it and demanding certain standards, but the banking back end is provided by the consumer division of Goldman Sachs.
Why might someone want the Apple Card?
Well you get a card made out of titanium that is heavy and makes you feel important. (Come on, that’s not a valid reason!) OK, getting serious here — the Apple Card seems like a valid choice for customers that regularly shop from Apple. There is 3% cash back on all Apple purchases. Interest free financing can also be used with all Apple purchases. Furthermore, the card is automatically added to the Wallet app on the iPhone. For any “tap to pay” situation, there is 2% cash back. (There is also 1% cash back whenever you use the physical card). The card can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted. The full card number is not printed on your card. It can be looked up in the Wallet app and a new number can be issued in the event of a security issue.
How to apply?
You apply using the Wallet app on your iPhone. It’s very simple and takes about 5 minutes.
Who is this not for?
The Apple Card is not for someone who wants paper statements or to send in a check every month. You really need an iPhone to be a card member. You will make your payments through the Wallet app or by logging on to a website on the computer with your Apple ID and password.