Apple has released their new Cards app which allows you to create physical cards personalized with your photos and text and mail them right from your phone.

I just tried it out, and within minutes, I created a card with my daughter's photo, added my own text, and ordered it to be shipped to my mom. I would like to see more card templates in the future, including some that are "just because". However, you can change the text to any of the templates and make it your own.

When I first learned about cards, I was indifferent about it because I didn't expect to use it much because I'm not the type of person who sends other people cards. However, now that sending a cards is so easy, and so personal, and so affordable. I think I'm going to start sending out more cards.

The new Cards app from Apple lets you create and mail beautifully crafted cards personalized with your own text and photos — right from your iPhone or iPod touch. Take a quick snapshot and with a few taps and swipes, an elegant thank you note or "wish-you-were-here" card is on its way to any address in the world.

Custom letterpress cards - Cards combine a centuries-old letterpress technique with your digital text and photos - Each card is crafted from 100 percent cotton paper and imprinted with an elegant debossed design - Choose from 21 designs for six occasions: Thank You, Holiday, New Baby, Birthday, Love, and Travel - Customize the placeholder text for any occasion, such as an anniversary or graduation - Add a photo to your card or send one with just text

Location integration - If you select one of the Travel designs, your card automatically displays the name of your current location - Choose a photo with GPS data, and the card shows the name of the place where the photo was taken

Prepaid postage included - U.S. customers can send a card within the U.S. for $2.99 including postage - Send a card anywhere else in the world for $4.99 including postage - Select an address from your Contacts and easily personalize it — from Mr. Johnny Appleseed to The Appleseed Family, for example - To place your order, simply enter your Apple ID password - In the U.S., your card will include our own Apple-designed postage

Delivery notification - Cards mailed to U.S. addresses make use of the United States Postal Service Intelligent Mail® barcode - On the day your card is to be delivered, you'll receive a notification on your iPhone or iPod touch

Card history - All your cards are automatically saved and can be viewed in a history list - You can resend any card to another recipient — perfect for when you have a lot of friends to thank or you want to spread the word about the newest member of your family

Cards is available on the iPhone for free. Individual cards cost $2.99 in the US and $4.99 everywhere else, including postage.

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