iOS 14.5 code points to new Apple Card Family feature for sharing cards

Apple Card Wallet app on iOS
Apple Card Wallet app on iOS (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Code in iOS 14.5 suggests Apple Card Family is an upcoming feature.
  • People will be able to share their Apple Card via Family Sharing.

Code discovered in the first iOS 14.5 beta suggests that Apple is set to add a new feature that will allow people to share their Apple Card with family members. The feature will be called Apple Card Family.

According to a new 9to5Mac report, the feature is called "Madison" internally and will allow users to share their card via Family Sharing. Anyone who is 13 or older will be able to use a family member's Apple Card once they have been given permission.

Internally called "Madison," the new feature will allow users to share the same Apple Card with other family members through iCloud Family Sharing. The Apple Card owner can invite other people to share their card and track everyone's spending on the Wallet app. The code also suggests that the Daily Cash will also be available for family members.

Users will also be able to set a spending limit for individual users, something that will no doubt come in handy when giving kids access to your credit card.

The addition of something like this would allow Apple Card users to bypass an existing limitation – the inability to give anyone a second card that spends on the same account. That's been an issue since Apple Card first launched and it seems iOS 14.5 will rectify that.

The update is now in the hands of developers and will likely be made available to the public in a number of weeks. It isn't clear whether Apple Card Family will go live alongside iOS 14.5, however.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.