Apple end-of-lifes Cards app, tells you to switch to iPhoto instead

Apple end-of-lifes Cards app, tells you to switch to iPhone instead

Announced back in October of 2011 alonsgside the iPhone 4S as an easy way create and mail custom letterpress cards personalized with your own text and photos, the Cards app for iOS has been sent to the shredder. Apple Knowledge Base:

Cards ordered before 1 PM Pacific time on September 10, 2013, will be delivered, and push notifications will continue to work.

You can view your previous purchases by tapping Saved Cards in the app.

Note: You can still order beautiful letterpress cards customized with your photos and text using iPhoto on your Mac. Cards ordered through iPhoto are shipped through a carrier such as FedEx rather than through the United States Post Office.

Several years ago Apple end-of-lifed their Texas Hold'em game for iOS, so this is not unprecedented. Having used Cards in the past myself, I have to say the service offered by Apple was a bit better than that of others available in the App Store but I don't see it as massive loss in any case. Based on the email we're being sent, however, some of you will clearly miss it. Anyone out there have a favorite alternative, iPhoto or otherwise?

Source: Apple Knowledge base

Chris Parsons

Editor-at-Large at Mobile Nations, gadget junkie, energy drinker, ranter.

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Trag_k says:

FedEx ships a 1/3 of their deliveries through USPS anyhow. It's cheaper for them.

Sent from the iMore App

Dionte says:

That sucks, I've used it twice this year.

sangs says:

And nothing of value was lost.

simplylaurakb says:

That's too bad. I found the app rather buggy, but when it worked, it was great. Since I usually used it while traveloing, iPhoto on the Mac isn't much of a substitute.

west3man says:

Agreed.

I don't have a Mac, though, so that's it for me.

richard451 says:

Kind of surprised by this. This was one of the main features of iOS5.

jmecca09 says:

I use this all the time! Know of any alternative apps?

Coffeemedia says:

I called Apple directly to ask about this issue. My wife really enjoyed the service this app provided. The sales rep I talked to confirmed the Cards app service was no longer available and that they were getting a lot of calls about it. That is a good sign to me because Apple reps in the past have frequently not even known about the service or the app. "Getting a lot of calls" means they are getting some feedback. I suggest calling them to add your own. It just might impact their decision about the following info the rep gave me: While this rep might be wrong, he indicated that they were informed to answer that the iOS 7 version of iPhoto (when it arrives) will include this or similar capability. I won't hold my breath but just wanted to pipe in.

darnellb says:

Jmecca - try 'Ink' from the App Store, you might like that one. I like it a lot.

zudy says:

I love this app and used it a lot, well I guess not enough it is gone now so.

JBaby_9783 says:

They didn't do enough with it. I liked it, but I wanted the ability to send an iTunes gift card along with my card. That seemed like a no brainer and yet they never added it. Sometimes you want to send a little some more than just a card.