iOS 17.4 Beta Lets Apple Cash Users Generate Virtual Card Numbers

Later next month, iPhone owners running iOS 17.4 will be able to generate a virtual card number for spending Apple Cash when Apple Pay isn't an online option, according to reports from Reddit users running the latest iOS 17.4 beta (via 9to5Mac).

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An Apple Cash pre-paid card allows users to send peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments to friends and family, transfer money to bank accounts, pay off their Apple Card, or spend money online via Apple Pay.

With the new virtual card feature, Apple Cash users will be able to spend their balance even if Apple Pay is not supported by an online store.

According to users with Apple Card on the iOS 17.4 beta, there's new a pop-up inviting them to set up a virtual card number, which Apple says will "keep your card information safe with a new security code for every transaction."

Once generated, the card number can be accessed using Safari AutoFill, and used to shop online "where Apple Pay is not available." Users can also view the card number in Wallet, as well as generate new card numbers and CVC codes.

As 9to5Mac notes, the feature may not have been rolled out yet to every beta user. If you're running iOS 17.4 beta and use Apple Cash, you can check by opening the Wallet app, tapping your Apple Cash card, and checking for the option to "Set Up Virtual Card Number."

Apple last month confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released at some point in March. The upcoming software update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone, as outlined in our list.

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Top Rated Comments

zakarhino Avatar
19 weeks ago
The description seems to suggest you can generate new card numbers on a whim. Sounds promising. I want this system to be Apple's take on Privacy.com (which is not so private). I want to generate unique virtual cards for different vendors and set a one time or recurring limit. I hope they do that in the future.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
19 weeks ago
Good to have this. But still waiting for these features to be available outside US
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ctrlos Avatar
19 weeks ago

I agree, it'd be great to see it in the UK. I suspect there are various banking regulations that need sorting (also a bank willing to handle the business here).
I'd to think that it would be worth the while of someone like Lloyds or Barclays.

I also love how someone voted disagree with the original post as if Apple spreading its services to other countries is somehow a negative ?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
19 weeks ago
Just set mine up, very quick easy process
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
19 weeks ago
I posted this in the "iOS 17.4 changes" thread a few weeks ago...

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ios-17-4-beta-1-tidbits-eu-app-store-updates-cloud-gaming-apps-podcast-transcripts-and-more.2417467/post-32888468
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ctrlos Avatar
19 weeks ago
Hey Apple, given we're not getting sideloading in the UK any time soon howabout launching Apple Cash on this side of the pond?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)