Beyond Apple Card: 5 unusual payment cards
The Apple Card is an oddity. As a credit card it's little different from the many other co-branded cards on the market. But as a technology, the Apple Card bundles together several features that are much rarer.
Among the Apple Card's differentiators: It is applied for and managed within an app, has a rewards structure that is deeply tied into Apple's content ecosystem, provides color-coded personal financial management, and has an optional titanium version that activates via an NFC envelope.
But Apple is far from the first to apply a high-tech spin to the ordinary payment card. Several other companies before it have experimented with technology and materials in the hopes of providing a unique form of payment.
This story was compiled from reporting by PaymentsSource writers including John Adams, Kate Fitzgerald, David Heun, Michael Moeser and Daniel Wolfe.