First Physical Apple Cards Expiring Soon, Apple Shipping Out Replacements

Apple today began informing early Apple Card customers that their physical titanium cards are set to expire this summer, with replacements to be sent in the near future. Customers who signed up for the ‌Apple Card‌ in August 2019, when the ‌Apple Card‌ launched, will be receiving the notice.

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It appears that the physical ‌Apple Card‌ is designed to last for five years before a replacement is sent out. Most of the ‌Apple Card‌'s functionality is digital, with options for rotating security codes and credit card numbers for online purchases, but there is a number associated with the physical card that's used for in-person transactions. Credit card companies add expiration dates to physical cards for fraud prevention purposes, to introduce new technology, and more.

From Apple's email:

We're sending a replacement titanium card to your billing address so you can continue to use it at physical locations. Remember, even without a physical card you can always use your Apple Card at any location that accepts Apple Pay. Your new titanium card will be shipped within 2 weeks from the date of this communication.

You can continue to use your titanium card until it expires or you activate the new one. You can still use Apple Card with Apple Pay and your virtual card number to shop at merchants that don't yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill.

Replacement cards will include a prepaid shipping label so that customers can send in their old ‌Apple Card‌ to be recycled. Apple recommends that ‌Apple Card‌ users who receive a new card activate it when it arrives, as the current card is scheduled to stop working at its expiration date.

Customers who signed up for ‌Apple Card‌ at some point after it first launched will likely receive emails at the five year mark. Note that some customers have been receiving emails for the last month or so, but these may be customers who were able to sign up for the ‌Apple Card‌ early as part of a beta test.

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jb310 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Interesting, the card gets new models faster than the Magic Mouse does. ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
4 weeks ago
They should refresh them every year, if it doesn't come with M4 chip this year, I'm walking.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Considering its made of Titanium and weighs 15 grams, it has value. Removing the front and back cover and the chip, I bet that still leaves 12-13 grams of titanium.

You could melt it and sell it ?
Imagine an iPad made out of recycled Apple Cards

Then you use an Apple Card to buy it

Then use iPad to make money

Recycle Apple Card (and iPad)

Then Buy a New iPad made out of recycled, recycled Apple Cards

Rinse, and repeat
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
4 weeks ago


I requested mine about a year ago and it does not have an expiration date or anything aside from my name on it.
I got mine during the first year, has no markings on the card either. However, if you open Wallet, it will tell you:

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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
4 weeks ago
Is the new card FineWoven?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TechRemarker Avatar
4 weeks ago


I requested mine about a year ago and it does not have an expiration date or anything aside from my name on it.
Same as everyone's. The expiration date is in the app along with all the other info such as card number, cvv, etc.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)