In the U.S. and the U.K., some affected customers are trying to place their pre-order through the iPhone Upgrade Program, but this is not always the case.
Some customers have turned to Twitter to express their frustration with the pre-ordering process, sharing screenshots of errors that they received, such as “there was a problem with the card details you entered” or “something went wrong.” Apple’s system status page does not yet reflect any widespread issues with the Apple Card or Apple Pay, but it’s clear that quite a few customers have been impacted by the issues this morning.
There isn’t a clear-cut solution to the issues for now beyond switching to a different payment method, but for Apple Card holders, this could mean missing out on 3% Daily Cash. The pre-ordering issues have also resulted in some customers missing out on securing their preferred iPhone 13 configuration for launch day delivery on September 24, as delivery estimates have already started slipping into October for some models.
Customers contacting AppleInsider, a staff member, and a few vocal users online have all encountered issues when trying to use their Apple Card to pre-order the iPhone 13. An unknown error appeared on the checkout page on the Apple Store, prompting customers to choose a different payment method.
The Apple Card is failing as a payment method for some customers trying to pre-order iPhone 13 from Apple’s website, aggravated by issues with Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.
Some individuals report that they attempted to use the card multiple times at checkout, though an error would appear each time. Unfortunately, the only fix in each case seems to be using a different card and eschewing the 3% cashback one would get from buying an Apple product.
Specifically, it seems customers cannot use Apple Card as a method of payment for the iPhone Upgrade Program. Other purchases made with Apple Card are going through, so it appears to be a processing issue on Apple’s end.
Placing a pre-order for an iPhone is always a hectic process, with everyone trying to get their order in as soon as possible to avoid slipping shipment times. Unfortunately, this issue with Apple Card just creates additional frustration, especially for those who don’t have other payment methods ready to go for the expensive purchase.