Imagine if Apple created a credit card – say hello to the iCard (infographic)

11 Dec 2012

Apple is arguably the biggest repository of credit card numbers on the planet when you think of all the apps, music and books people buy, not to mention the hardware. But a daring new infographic poses the question, what would things be like if Apple ever decided to debut the iCard?

The infographic by offers some interesting possibilities, such as being able to ask voice-control feature Siri to tell you what your balance is or make payments.

The Notifications Center on iOS and Mac could be used to capture real-time billing information, such as when payments have been processed and when payments are due.

Because of Apple’s display technology, there would be no need for paper bills.

Also, Apple – currently the world’s most valuable company with a market cap north of US$500bn – has more money than most of the world’s banks and could offer advantageous terms, such as 0pc APR for 24 months on balance transfers or 0pc for six months.

Like I said, it’s just an idea. And I’ve heard a lot worse.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years