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Apple Card launches today for all US customers

Apple Card launches today for all US customers
Apple Card, a new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life, is available1 in the US starting today. Customers can apply for Apple Card through the Wallet app on iPhone in minutes and start using it right away2 with Apple Pay in stores, in apps and on websites. Built on simplicity, transparency and privacy, Apple Card has no fees,3 encourages customers to pay less interest, offers an easy-to-understand view of spending and provides a new level of privacy and security. This launch follows the Apple Card preview earlier this month, during which a limited number of customers were invited to apply early.

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”

More Merchants to Offer 3 Percent Daily Cash

Apple Card’s compelling rewards program, Daily Cash, gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day. Customers will receive 2 percent Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay, and 3 percent Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services.

Apple Card is extending 3 percent Daily Cash to more merchants and apps. Starting today, customers will receive 3 percent Daily Cash when they use Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats.4 Customers can request a ride through Uber in more than 700 cities across the globe and order a meal through Uber Eats in more than 500 cities around the world. Apple Card will continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months.

For purchases made with the titanium Apple Card, customers will get 1 percent Daily Cash.

A New Kind of Credit Card Created by Apple

Apple Card delivers new experiences only possible with the power of iPhone, including reaching support 24/7 by simply sending a text from Messages. To help customers better understand their spending, Apple Card uses machine learning and Apple Maps to clearly label transactions with merchant names and locations in Wallet,5 and provides weekly and monthly spending summaries.

There are absolutely no fees associated with Apple Card: no annual, late,6 international or over-the-limit fees. To help customers make informed choices, Apple Card shows a range of payment options and calculates the interest cost on different payment amounts in real time.7

Apple Card also provides a new level of privacy and security. The unique security and privacy architecture created for Apple Card means Apple does not know where a customer shopped, what they bought or how much they paid.

Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs as its issuing bank. Goldman Sachs will never share or sell data to third parties for marketing and advertising. Apple is also partnering with Mastercard to provide the support of a global payments network.

Availability

Apple Card is now available to qualified customers in the US with iPhone 6 and later. To apply, customers can update to iOS 12.4 on iPhone, open Wallet and tap +. Learn more about Apple Card here.

1 For qualifying customers.
2 Subject to credit approval.
3 Variable APRs range from 12.99 percent to 23.99 percent based on creditworthiness. Rates as of August 2, 2019.
4 Apple Pay is coming soon to Uber services like Uber Cash, Scheduled Rides and JUMP. Merchant offers may change at any time.

5 Some transactions may not appear in Maps.
6 Apple will not charge a late fee or apply a new high-interest penalty rate for a missed payment. However, customers will continue to accrue interest on their balance at their regular interest rate.
7 Interest estimates are based on customer’s posted account balance at the time of the estimate and do not include pending transactions or any other purchases that may be made before the end of the billing period.

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Hannah Wong,Apple,hannahw@apple.com,(408) 974-7077
Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042

Apple celebrates America’s national parks this August

Apple celebrates America’s national parks this August
Ahead of the 103rd anniversary of the US National Park Service, Apple today introduced new ways customers can enjoy and support America’s parks, including an Apple Pay donation program, an Apple Watch Activity Challenge and special content and collections on Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and more.

“The beauty in our parks is obvious to all observers but their most profound contribution is to our spirit,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are proud to support them.”

From August 17 through August 25, Apple will make a $10 donation to the National Park Foundation for each purchase made with Apple Pay at an Apple Store, apple.com or the Apple Store app in the US.1 Apple’s donation will support programs across the country that help to connect young people who wouldn’t otherwise have the means with transformative park experiences. These programs range from elementary classroom field trips to immersive multi-day experiences in parks, plus multi-week services corps for young adults that help foster skills and leadership, while providing capacity to critical parks projects.

At the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area this summer, Apple volunteers supported a project led by SAMO Youth, a summer service corps for outstanding local high school juniors and seniors. Volunteers were taught how to build benches and pot native plants in a nursery while assisting efforts to recover from the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

The National Park Foundation is the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, and together they work to protect and enhance everyone’s ability to enjoy the natural, cultural and historic treasures within America’s national parks. Apple supports these programs because they help give thousands of kids opportunities for open exploration, sparking passion and curiosity, and inspiring new generations to leave the world better than they found it.

This month, Apple is also encouraging people to celebrate and explore their parks by learning about them through special collections and activities across Apple’s services.

The Apple TV app’s national parks collection will include “Free Solo,” The Smithsonian’s “National Parks Exploration Series” and other relevant TV shows and movies. Apple Music will introduce “Nature Awaits,” a brand new playlist inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the country’s parks, and Apple Podcasts will feature a collection of shows focused on national parks, hosted by the rangers and hikers that love them most.

Apple Books will feature “Our National Parks,” a themed collection that will guide readers through notable national parks in the United States. The App Store will highlight a collection of some of the essential apps to help customers plan for and enjoy their next national park visit.

On August 25, Apple Watch users around the world can earn an Activity award and animated stickers for Messages inspired by Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th anniversary. To participate, just record a walk, run, hike or wheelchair workout of at least three miles — the distance of the park’s popular South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge and back.2

1 Limited to the first 100,000 transactions. Subject to $10 minimum purchase.
2 In order to see the Activity challenge, users must have iOS 12.1.3 and watchOS 5.1.3, or later.
Press Contacts
Keri Fulton,Apple,keri_fulton@apple.com,(240) 595-2691
Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042

Apple’s US job footprint grows to 2.4 million

Apple’s US job footprint grows to 2.4 million
Thirty-three years ago, five friends sat down at a kitchen table in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to start a company. Among them: president of Maccor Andy MacKay and his wife Helen, who runs personnel. Today, less than a mile from that spot, Maccor now occupies 80,000 square feet of space and has earned itself a reputation as the top manufacturer of battery testing systems in the world.
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Apple brings contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities

Apple brings contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities
In the coming school year, more than 100,000 college students will enjoy the ease and convenience of carrying their student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch. Students at Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, University of San Francisco, University of Vermont, Arkansas State University, South Dakota State University, Norfolk State University, Louisburg College, University of North Alabama and Chowan University will soon be able to use their student ID in Apple Wallet to get into dorms, buy lunch and more.
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Searching for gold with habitat restoration in mind

Searching for gold with habitat restoration in mind
In the Alaska-Yukon region, salmon is as precious as gold.

There are hundreds of small and large placer mining operations in Alaska actively producing gold in the US. Placer mining sites sit along creeks and streams, giving miners the chance to re-mine for any nuggets or fine gold left over from the Yukon’s Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s.

Meanwhile, since 1991, 12 Pacific salmon runs have been listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These routes that salmon use to make their run to their spawning beds each year are often adjacent to placer mining sites.
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Creativity and community come together at Apple’s Teacher Coding Academies

Creativity and community come together at Apple’s Teacher Coding Academies
This feature is part of a series of stories spotlighting teachers and students using innovative technology in the classroom.

For educators like Tara Bordeaux, named Texas Teacher of the Year in 2018, Apple’s Teacher Coding Academies are transformative.

“The training makes you feel like you really can accomplish anything,” says Bordeaux. “It was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
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Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
Company Revenue Sets June Quarter Record
Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High
Cupertino, California — July 30, 2019 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter ended June 29, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.8 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.18, down 7 percent. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“This was our biggest June quarter ever — driven by all-time record revenue from Services, accelerating growth from Wearables, strong performance from iPad and Mac and significant improvement in iPhone trends,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “These results are promising across all our geographic segments, and we’re confident about what’s ahead. The balance of calendar 2019 will be an exciting period, with major launches on all of our platforms, new services and several new products.”
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Apple offers new augmented reality art sessions

Apple offers new augmented reality art sessions
New [AR]T Walk Features Works by Leading Contemporary Artists, Curated in Partnership with the New Museum
Cupertino, California — Apple today opened registration for a series of new art-based Today at Apple augmented reality (AR) experiences, called [AR]T, offered at Apple Stores around the world. The three new sessions include an interactive walk featuring works by some of the world’s premier contemporary artists, an in-store session that teaches the basics of creating AR using Swift Playgrounds and an AR art installation viewable in every Apple Store worldwide.
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Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business

Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business
Cupertino and Santa Clara, California — Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction, valued at $1 billion, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, including works counci Continue reading ‘Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business’

Apple offers a look at new emoji coming to iPhone this fall

Apple offers a look at new emoji coming to iPhone this fall
To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple is previewing a selection of new emoji coming this fall, revealing the newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces.
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