Cards 03

Remember Apple’s Cards app? Scott Forstall himself introduced the card-creation software for the iPhone and iPad during the October 2011 media event and it’s gone to become quite popular in a select few countries where users were permitted to create beautiful cards from their photos and order them physically, priced at $2.99 each. Perhaps in another nod at de-Forstallization of Apple, the company has confirmed that the application has been discontinued now…

According to this Apple support document, as of September 10, 2013, the Cards iOS app is no longer available:

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.

Apple also reminds us that we can still use iPhoto for Mac to order physical letterpress cards customized with our photos and text.

“Cards ordered through iPhoto are shipped through a carrier such as FedEx rather than through the United States Post Office,” Apple adds.

I’m going to miss it terribly.

It’s had a lasting impact on what I though was possible on a mobile device. The software inspired with its 21 gorgeous Apple-designed  templates offered across six categories, including ‘Thank You,’ ‘Holiday,’ ‘Baby,’ ‘Birthday,’ ‘Love’ and ‘Travel’.

Cards iOS app (no longer available)

I especially loved the proper location support.

For instance, using a Travel design would automatically put the name of your current location on the card. Of course, all your photos were captioned with location information obtained from GPS data from photos.

I know we’re living in the digital age, but often times sending someone an old-fashioned physical card goes a long way toward expressing your affection to the person and letting them know just how much you care about them.

Are you sad to see the Cards app go?

  • kayla

    no. never knew it existed.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    It still allows me to go in the app and create a card. I’m not getting that pop-up.

  • Ian Jackson

    Forgot it existed.:P

  • abdullah575

    WHY ???

  • Jonathan

    I think I’ll continue to stick with what I’ve been doing for years. Going to Walmart and finding a card. 🙂

  • Bill Slenter

    I liked this app. My only issue with it was that I couldn’t hand-sign my cards. This is kind of a big deal. In my world, a card that is typed with no signature is not personal enough. So the few times I used this, I had the card sent to me, then I opened it and signed it, then gave it to the person.

  • Ace

    Are there any app alternatives besides iPhoto?

    • Alejandro M. Marez

      I totally forgot that iPhoto could do this too! Good thing that iPhoto is now going to be free on the app store (along side with iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote).

      • Michael Hulet

        That’s the iOS version! not Mac. Unfortunately, iPhoto for Mac is the only one capable of sending cards

  • chumawumba

    Putting the last nail in forstalls coffin

    • Alejandro M. Marez

      lol, sad but true.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Never used it. Far too expensive for outside US. I’ll just stick to MoonPig

  • seyss

    nooooooooooooooo.com

  • Alejandro M. Marez

    I made quite a few cards, my girlfriend loved them. Each one was personalized with a memorable picture of us. I, for one, am dissapointed to see it go off line.

  • Alex

    I’ve used it for Christmas and the cards sent our were liked by all. Even if I only use it once a year and order a handful of cards, I would have liked this to stay around.

    This is just like when Apple retired their Texas Hold-em game. Anyone remember that one?

  • bob

    that is not fun.

  • Nile Plumb

    Used once it was stupidly expensive, the card wasn’t printed well and arrived 2 weeks late.
    It could have been great, being linked in to your contacts birthday calendar, reminding you of your favourite contacts birthdays coming up, suggesting photos you’re tagged in together, if it was a reasonably priced quality service that actually arrived on time then it would have taken off more.

    However it was poor, reviews stated so and no one wanted to take at least an hour’s wages lucky punt on the service.

    The next year I used a service operating from the country I was sending the card to, worked out cheaper, more efficient and quicker, and apparently looked better too.

  • oinonio

    I will miss it terribly. It was a great mesh of the physical and digital, and it could’ve been de-forstallized, postal services around the world still exist after all, some quite robust (Deutschepost z.b,). That iPhoto offers similar service is ok, but FedEx is a deal breaker.