Another feature of the recent iOS 15.5 is now available that makes it easier to pay for apps, music, and other downloads with your Apple account.
Rolling out to iOS 15.5 users in the Wallet app, the new Apple Account Card shows any credit balance tied to your Apple ID. Think of it as a replacement for the long-lost iTunes Pass.
Similar to this pass, if you have Apple Credit on your App Store or receive an Apple Store Gift Card, the total can be consolidated, showing up in the Apple Account Card in the Wallet app. The big change from iTunes Pass is that the Apple Account Card can be used with Apple Pay. This means that if you’re at an Apple Store, you can use your phone to make a payment, using your Apple ID balance.
In addition to these purchases, you can turn to the Apple Account Card to purchase apps, games, and even music from Apple Music.
Apple is introducing the new Account Card as a much easier way to check your Apple ID balance. Unlike iTunes Pass, Apple now almost automatically adds the Apple Account Card to your wallet. The wrong side? It looks enough like Apple Card that people think Apple Account Card is somehow linked to Apple Credit Card, which is also stored in the Wallet app. (The two maps are separate, for what it’s worth.)
To add an Apple account card, launch the Wallet app and tap the More button on the main screen to access Add to Wallet. From there, select Add Apple Account and tap Continue on the next screen.
Adding the Apple Account Card is as easy as tapping Next, although you must have a balance in your account to proceed.
Once Apple consolidates your balance in the Apple Account Card, it will be there in your wallet, ready to use.
The renaming of iTunes Pass to Apple Account Card shows that Apple’s decision to move away from the iTunes brand continues. In 2019, the company removed the app for macOS Catalina and split its functions into three parts: music, TV, and podcasts.
Apple is slowly rolling out the Apple Account Card update for iOS 15.5 users. With iOS 16 set to premiere at WWDC, we can’t wait to see what happens during the WWDC keynote on June 6.