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Apple card titanium

"Sort of like a high-maintenance partner"

In this week's comments update, readers are amused by the care instructions accompanying Apple's new credit card.

Credit where credit's due: Apple's new credit card launched in the US this week, along with advice to keep it in a soft bag and clean it with a microfibre cloth ― recommendations some readers do not plan to take.

"Truly a symbol of how far Apple has fallen," remarked Henry Baker. "A product that serves no purpose made of materials inadequate for its intended daily use."

Matt agreed: "More bother than it's worth – sort of like a high-maintenance partner."

"This card is made of titanium, it's already going to outlast all your other cards," Peter Müller pointed out. "What's so damn wrong about it getting scuffed in your leather wallet or from swiping though machines?"

Zane Gray was more optimistic: "I guess it will prevent you from spending money."

"I seriously don't get why everyone is so upset about these instructions," questioned patrickmarnold. "iPods from first generation on used to have a chrome back that scratched just from looking at it."

This reader took it upon themselves to re-write Apple's guidance:

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Toranomon-Azabudai project by Heatherwick Studio

Garden designs: Heatherwick Studio's renderings of a plant-filled pergola to accompany Japan's tallest skyscraper have Dezeen readers offering their gardening expertise.

"Placing landscape in the most difficult of growing conditions does not make great architecture," threefloatingorbs stated.

Donacio Cejas Acosta agreed the landscaping lacks originality, throwing some sarcasm into the discussion: "OMG what is that? A plant? I feel an intense quantity of surprise!"

"Japan has a long-valued tradition of tending delicate potted trees and difficult gardens," explained CariHislop in response. "They will ensure the plants are cared for and it will be stunning."

Other commenters noted the likeness to the Garden Bridge, among other Heatherwick Studio projects.

"What you mean is Heatherwick Studio is still trying to build that garden bridge in any shape or form," said LoveYourHairHopeYouWin.

"Chunk of Garden Bridge but with some sakura for context," added dcbzyxkji.

Guest also felt the similarities: "A mash-up of other Heatherwick projects coming out of their office."

But not everyone viewed the similarity as a bad thing. "Definitely a Heatherwick building, love it," said Arturas Žuravliovas.

This reader was nothing but impressed:

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Aston Martin’s Automotive Galleries and Lairs service

Garage sale: luxury carmaker Aston Martin has launched a design service to create bespoke garages for drivers to showcase their favourite cars, leaving readers asking if Aston Martin is trying to fix the wrong problem.

"Sigh. How about home designs for rising sea-levels, higher climate temperatures, or fortification from the angry mobs when their jobs are sourced out by robots?" questioned Hilton Purvis. "We need 'purty' rooms for vehicles like we need more holes in our heads."

MrG was also concerned with wider socioeconomic arguments: "I think this is making the point that rich people are not taxed enough."

"A poignant if not fitting indictment of the current state of humanity where we are now designing houses for cars instead of people," agreed Domnhall.

Steve hassler was more complimentary: "I'm not a big car guy but I definitely recognise many as sculptural pieces of art. If I had an E Type I would want to display it properly and not hide it in a garage."

Pierre Alain VARREON on the other hand felt Aston Martin should stick to what they know: "Perhaps Aston Martin should keep making cars, actually among the best in the world, instead of trying to do architecture."

This reader had another request for Aston Martin:

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