Apple Cash may soon offer a “virtual card number” in the iOS 17.4 beta that can be used to make online purchases where Apple Pay isn’t, according to a Reddit post spotted by 9 to 5 Mac. The new feature promises a new security code for each transaction and the number can be accessed in Safari’s Autofill for easy use.
In the beta, Apple Cash users were prompted to “enter the virtual card number.” Once done, you can see it through the settings menu, including the card number, expiration date and security code. The number is different from the one used for Apple Pay transactions and can be changed, according to 9 to 5 Mac.
As a reminder, Apple Cash is similar to a debit card, allowing you to send and receive money through Apple Pay and the Message app. Funds can be stored and linked to a bank account or other debit card to transfer money back and forth. Apple Pay cashback earnings are paid out as Apple Cash, and the funds can be used to pay off Apple Pay balances.
Apple Cash used to be used by the Discover Network, but Apple switched to Visa back in 2022. Until now, though, Apple Cash doesn’t have a card number, so using it online is a non-starter. Apple says 15 percent of retailers still don’t accept Apple Pay — so with a virtual card number, you can pay with Apple Cash on sites. The feature is still in beta in iOS 17.4, which should arrive in March.