PSA: Apple Card's Interest Rate is Rising as Fed Battles Inflation

As is common with most credit cards, the Apple Card's interest rate on overdue balances is steadily rising as the Federal Reserve continues to raise its benchmark overnight interest rate in an attempt to slow inflation in the United States.

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As of July 1, the Apple Card's variable APRs now range from 12.49% to 23.49% based on creditworthiness, compared to 11.74% to 22.74% previously. This is in line with the Fed's 0.75 percentage point increase to its overnight rate in June.

Apple Card interest rates were as low as 10.99% to 21.99% for much of 2020 and 2021 as the Fed lowered rates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Fed is expected to announce another 0.75 percentage point increase to its overnight rate later today, which means the Apple Card's APR range will likely see another increase to 13.24% to 24.24% based on creditworthiness. This would be the Apple Card's highest interest rate range since 2019.

All in all, if you are carrying an overdue balance on your Apple Card, be aware that interest charges have been increasing and will cost you extra.

Apple Card remains limited to the United States.

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Top Rated Comments

Airforcekid Avatar
25 months ago
Interest is irrelevant pay in full each month if you find yourself paying interest switch to cash/debit and pay it off ASAP you will not come out ahead with 1-2% rewards like most people seem to think.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chairguru22 Avatar
25 months ago

I owe a little bit and pay the interest on it in order to increase my credit score. Whenever I pay in full, Apple and Credit Institutions think of me as a dead beat and it hurts my score. After I pay off what I owe though I’m just going to switch to my debit card for August.
I don’t think it works like that. My credit score is fine and I pay off in full every month. Save yourself the money.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WestonHarvey1 Avatar
25 months ago
Never finance purchases unless you have no other choice. If you do, aim to pay it off in 3 months, not 10 years.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jent Avatar
25 months ago

I owe a little bit and pay the interest on it in order to increase my credit score. Whenever I pay in full, Apple and Credit Institutions think of me as a dead beat and it hurts my score. After I pay off what I owe though I’m just going to switch to my debit card for August.
I think this is a widely held myth ('https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/finance/credit-score-does-carrying-a-balance-help'). I don't know where it came from but I would recommend always paying in full.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
25 months ago
As is common with most credit cards, the Apple Card's interest rate on overdue balances is steadily rising as the Federal Reserve continues to raise its benchmark overnight interest rate in an attempt to slow inflation in the United States. As of July 1, the Apple Card's variable APRs now range from 12.49% to 23.49% based on creditworthiness, compared to 11.74% to 22.74% previously. This is in line with the Fed's 0.75 percentage point increase to its overnight rate in June.

Just for reference, the current Federal Reserve Fed Funds rate is 1.58%, which includes all the recent interest rate increases. Yet credit card rates are 12% to 23%. This isn't unique to Apple's card but demonstrates how twisted and corrupt the financial industry is in our country. Cheap money is handed out but only to banks and they in turn lend that out at 20%. Must be nice to be one of the chosen financial businesses who are virtually guaranteed by the Fed to make a profit.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mlrollin91 Avatar
25 months ago

I owe a little bit and pay the interest on it in order to increase my credit score. Whenever I pay in full, Apple and Credit Institutions think of me as a dead beat and it hurts my score. After I pay off what I owe though I’m just going to switch to my debit card for August.
You can carry a balance at the end of the statement and not pay interest. As long as you pay off the previous statement balance before the following statement closes, you won’t pay interest but it will still show that the card is being used. The statement balance is reported.

It’s been long proven as a myth that carrying a balance and paying interest increases your credit score.

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/credit-score-myths-might-be-holding-you-back-improving-your-credit/#:~:text=Paying%20off%20your%20entire%20balance,you're%20also%20paying%20interest. ('https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/credit-score-myths-might-be-holding-you-back-improving-your-credit/#:~:text=Paying%20off%20your%20entire%20balance,you%27re%20also%20paying%20interest.')
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)