After more than 2 months with the Apple Card, I've never felt more attached to my iPhone
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- The Apple Card has made it harder than ever for me to give up my iPhone- an observation that may not sound too surprising but became very real for me when I tried switching to Android.
- Using my iPhone to make daily purchases and keep track of my spending has made it all the more difficult to switch to Android.
- There are benefits that come with switching to the Apple Card, but I've found that it comes at the cost of willingly feeling locked into Apple's ecosystem.
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Switching between Android and iOS can feel burdensome, despite the efforts that companies like Google and Apple have made to make migrating to their respective platforms as seamless as possible. Even if you're generally familiar with how both operating systems work, it usually still takes some time to before you feel comfortably at home after making the switch.
But when your credit card lives on your phone in an app that's exclusive to one operating system, switching between Android and iOS isn't just slightly uncomfortable - it feels nearly impossible. I experienced this firsthand when I recently swapped out my iPhone 11 Pro to try out Google's new Pixel 4. Since I've been using the Apple Card as one of the two primary credit cards I typically reach for in my day-to-day transactions - my morning cup of coffee or Uber ride home after a night out - I quickly found myself missing my iPhone.
It's unclear what Apple Card adoption has been like since its launch in August. But if part of Apple's intention with its new credit card is to provide more of an incentive for iPhone users to remain loyal to its platform, that plan has seemingly worked on me. After spending more than two months with the Apple Card, my iPhone has felt more essential than ever before.
Here's a closer look at what it's been like to use the Apple Card for almost three months.
I pay for nearly everything with my iPhone, and rarely find myself reaching for my wallet.
I'm generally more aware of my transactions and how much I'm spending — at least on this specific card.
Overall, the Apple Card has made me feel more dependent on my iPhone — for better or for worse.
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