Apple discontinues its photo printing service, points users towards third-party apps

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Apple will be discontinuing its first-party photo printing services for photo projects. The service allowed you to order photo prints, albums, photo books, and calendars directly from the Photos app on your Mac. While you can still place orders, a message that pops up in macOS 10.13.6 suggests that users download a project extension to order prints and albums in the future, as Apple's service will end after September 30, 2018.

Download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store to create books, cards, calendars and prints, or reprint an existing project. You'll also discover a variety of new services available through Project Extensions.For final purchases using the existing built-in service, place your orders by September 30, 2018.

To fill the void you can use apps like Mimeo Photos, WhiteWall, and Shutterfly all offer support for Photo Projects, and allow you to order photo books, prints, and more with the images in your Mac's photo library. You can find all of these apps on the Mac App Store right now.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

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  • Mimeo Photos just announced that they have been partnered with Apple print our photo projects for years. In fact, with their new app extension available on Mac, they offer identical design themes, products, and templates while still upholding the same quality standards we've come to love from Apple. I personally have been using Mimeo Photos all summer and I absolutely love it! They offer great creative tools and stunning product quality. Perfect to add to my existing Apple photobooks collection!