Apple and Barclays Launch a Visa Rewards Card with Apple Store Credit

Apple and Barclays are teaming up again for a new Visa rewards cards. Unlike previous cards that offered iTunes rewards, this one will help you pay for Apple Store purchases while also adding Chip-and-PIN support and new financing options.

Once you apply for a card you should hear back almost instantly from Barclays, and if you’re approved you’ll receive it in the mail within 7-10 business days. From there you can use it like any other credit card, though you’ll get the most rewards when you shop with Apple.

Each dollar you spend at the Apple Store either online or in person will earn you three points, while money spent at a restaurant earns two points per dollar, and other purchases come to one point per dollar spent. Once you rack up 2,500 points you’ll get a $25 Apple Store gift card.

The other advantage to Apple’s Visa rewards card is that you won’t have to pay any interest as long as you cover all your purchases in time. With the new card you’ll have six months to cover purchases under $498, 12 months if you spend between $499 and $998, and 18 months if you spend $999 and over.

If you’re interested, hit the Apple link below to apply now, or check out Barclay’s site for even more information on the new rewards card.

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Xbox Sales Jumped 102% Last Quarter

For anyone wondering how much of a difference dropping the Kinect as a standard part of the Xbox One kit made, the results are in.

Total sales were up 25% for the company, but Xbox console sales in particular increased 102 percent in the first quarter of Microsoft’s financial year.

2.4 million Xbox consoles were shipped to retailers as of September 30, helping the Device and Consumer division of which it is a part of increase revenue by 47 percent – $10.96 billion. The console launched in 30 new markets, including places like China and northern Europe, in addition to that crucial price drop, which is certain to have played a role as well.

This holiday season, too, should prove interesting for Microsoft’s console as it continues to play catch-up.