Apple and Goldman Sachs partnering on a credit card for the iPhone, WSJ says
- Apple and Goldman Sachs plan to begin rolling out a joint credit card this spring, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
- The card will use Mastercard's network, the WSJ reported.
- "This is clearly not a gamechanger," Credit Suisse said in a note to investors on Thursday.
Employees will begin testing the card soon and it will officially launch later in 2019, according to the report. The credit card will be paired with new iPhone features, designed to help Apple customers manage their finances.
The card will use Mastercard's network, the WSJ reported. Additionally, card users are expected about 2 percent in cash back on the majority of purchases, the report said, with possibly greater returns for purchases of Apple products. Beyond the bonuses, the reports says Apple and Goldman Sachs hope to attract users with extra features in the technology company's Wallet application, such as tracking rewards and spending, as well as managing account balances.
"Card reportedly will have high rewards, highlighting competition, though this is clearly not a gamechanger," Credit Suisse said in a note to investors on Thursday.
Apple is trying to up its take of iPhone credit card purchases, as the company currently gets a small cut when users make purchases through Apple Pay. Additionally, Apple is looking to boost revenue from things other than gadgets, and the payments space is in the midst of intense competition from banks and tech startups.
Goldman Sachs is also attempting to push further into the digital payments realm and diversify its revenue away from institutional areas like trading and investment banking. In 2016, Goldman Sachs launched digital retail bank Marcus and this credit card would help turn Apple users into more Marcus customers.
Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
Read the full story from the Wall Street Journal here.
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