KEY POINTS

  • Apple and Goldman Sachs have extended the offer to defer credit payments for Apple Card owners
  • Apple Card users can skip April's payment amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • However, card owners need to enroll for this program again 

Apple and Goldman Sachs are allowing Apple Card owners to defer credit payments in April without incurring interest due to the coronavirus crisis. Earlier, Apple Card users were allowed to skip their March 2020 payments.

The coronavirus pandemic has financially impacted people and this has led to Apple and Goldman Sachs extending the grace period through April, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported.

“We understand that the COVID-19 situation poses unique challenges for everyone and some customers may have difficulty making their monthly payments,” Apple wrote in an email to card owners.

The email stated that, if you enrolled in the Customer Assistance Program in March 2020, you will need to message a customer support representative using the Wallet app and enroll again.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the U.S and it has to be seen if Apple and Goldman Sachs would continue this offer in May 2020.

Elsewhere, Apple, recently, released the screening tool and resources app and website to make people aware of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tech giant teamed up with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House on Apple COVID-19 Screening Tool which is available as a website and an app on App Store.

“The COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms for themselves or a loved one. In turn, they will receive CDC recommendations on next steps, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider,” Apple wrote in a statement.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., 5,116 people have died due to coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 200,000 people have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. New York City is badly hit with 1374 deaths. The U.S. is leading the world with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Apple Pay and the new Apple credit card are part of the services being emphasized by the iPhone maker to keep customers in its ecosystem It is a new alternative to the iPhone Upgrade Program or financing via a mobile provider. Photo: GETTY IMAGES / Michael Short