What appears to be a dirty Apple Card is actually the white coating of the product. | Source: Zed via Twitter
Apple first suggested that the white finish of physical Apple Card tests ̵
On Tuesday, the company released a statement covering proper credit card cleaning and maintenance practices, noting that users should wipe the surface gently with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth. Users with particularly dirty cards can take the extra step of drying it (gently!) With a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Needless to say, such steps are usually not provided by card issuers, including those who perform titanium versions.  Further caution notes indicate that fabrics such as leather and denim can permanently discolor the card's matte white finish. The coating can also be damaged if it comes into contact with hard surfaces or materials such as keys.
After the support document spread, users who were part of the Apple Cards preview program began sharing their experiences online.
AppleInsider reads Zed shared photos of his card, which were reportedly stored in a leather wallet and used for about two months. In a tweet the early adopter and former Apple employee said the card's white finish began to "go off" from the titanium base, leaving a once pristine surface covered with dark pockmarks.
One person, who has been using the Apple Card daily since early June, said their copy showed signs of erosion after about a month. The white part of the card started to get lost at the edges and over the magnetic stripe after being stored in a leather wallet along with other cards, according to a practice like Apple's No.
So far, it seems that the superficial problem is just that, since users with cosmetically damaged cards do not report any problems with making transactions at the point of sale. Whether the apparent weathering will one day lead to functional problems, especially in sensitive areas such as the gastric strip, remains to be seen.
Still, the pictures and testimony serve as a warning to those who want to keep the shiny new Apple product in immaculate condition.
Apple opened applications for Apple Card to US customers on Tuesday. Wide availability arrived after a month of internal testing and a week-long public "preview" period during which the company gave random users access to the service.
Apple's credit card solution has deep integration with Apple Pay, focusing on touchless NFC-based transactions and heavy reliance on the Wallet app. With an ecosystem that lives entirely on the iPhone, customers are encouraged to participate in digital purchases and in brick-and-mortar stores that support Apple Pay. As such, the titanium Apple card can be considered more as a license than a tent pole feature, which is considered necessary when Apple is expanding its network of participating retailers.