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The first consumers are getting Apple’s credit card, starting today

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Back in March, Apple unveiled the Apple Card, a new credit card—offered in partnership with Goldman Sachs—that’s as much an extension of the Apple Pay mobile payments system as it is a piece of plastic—or, to be exact in this case, titanium.

At the time, Apple said only that the card would arrive this summer. Last week, during the company’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook gave a more specific timeframe: August. And starting today, a “limited number” of consumers who signed up to be notified about the card will be selected to participate in a pre-release trial that Apple is calling the Apple Card Preview. They’ll only have a slight head start on everybody else who wants one: the card is on schedule for broad rollout later this month.

Participants in the preview won’t have to wait for their shiny titanium card to arrive in the mail; actually, receiving it at all is optional. Instead of living in your wallet, Apple Card’s principal place of residence will be in Apple’s wallet—the iPhone’s Wallet app, that is. Already the hub for Apple Pay and the Apple Cash person-to-person payment service, Wallet will be where you do everything from apply for the Apple Card to pay off your account. That makes owning an iPhone pretty much mandatory to use the card,........

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