Apple's 'Cards' App Appears to Be Discontinued [Update: Confirmed By Apple]

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    It appears that Apple may be planning to discontinue the Cards app that it first released for iOS in 2011. Opening the app with devices running both iOS 6 and iOS 7 results in the following message: "The Cards service is no longer available."

    The Apple.com page for the app has also been removed, now redirecting to iPhoto '11 for the Mac.

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    Cards, which initially debuted alongside the iPhone 4S, was designed to be an iOS version of the greeting card creation service found within iPhoto '11. The app allowed users to create a card, which was then printed, mailed, and sent directly to the recipient by Apple. Cards sent within the U.S. were priced at $2.99, while cards sent elsewhere were priced at $4.99. postage included.

    While it is unclear whether or not the app will be revived with an iOS 7 update, the wording indicates that it will be quietly pulled from the App Store. Currently, while new cards cannot be created or sent, old cards can be viewed.

    Cards, which is free, is still available for download in the App Store for the time being. [Direct Link]

    Thanks, Jesper!

    Update: An Apple support document confirms that the Cards app will be discontinued on September 10, 2013.

    Article Link: Apple's 'Cards' App Appears to Be Discontinued [Update: Confirmed By Apple]
     
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    I did. I had pleasant results from people that I sent cards to anyway.

    Oh well, bye bye Cards :(
     
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    I always meant to try it out, but always forgot it existed and by the time I actually remembered it was there, I had already bought a card at the store.
     
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    Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

    Can anyone recommend a similar service?
     
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    not everyone is you. we loved sending cards with for the holidays and from vacations.
     
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    I used it once. Took 6 days to arrive! Moonpig in the uk is more customsible albeit not as subtle or elegant but has next day delivery if you buy before 3pm
     
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    There you go.
     
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    .....YOU little...Dalek. I was going to say that!
     
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    That's too bad. I got a card once from a friend and the quality was excellent. From then on that's all I bought if I was buying cards. So easy to make, beautiful, and cheaper than a Hallmark card.

    I'll definitely miss this one.
     
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    Awesome. Ink Cards looks great. Thanks for the alternative.
     
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    Apple is just cleaning out the junk they added over the past few years, like Ping. I wonder what service they'll drop next?
     
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    I guess they couldn't figure out how to make flat enough cards.
     
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    Try Feltapp if you're on an iPad. It's my favorite of the lot. Lets you handwrite and the printing actually looks like ink!

    http://feltapp.com
     
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    This is one of the things I detest about Apple, and Google & friends. They create things like this and then discontinue them. In this particular case perhaps it is not such a big deal but when they discontinued support for PPC, Rosetta, MacOSClassic they destroyed a lot of really good software for education, small business, etc.
     
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    The Ink Cards app from Sincerely is a great alternative

    dozens of new card designs launched every month
    the cards are beautiful and delivered quickly
    ability to edit photos, add stickers, filters, etc
    high reviewed app
    www.sincerely.com/ink
     
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    I used it once. Was charged for the card, user never received it. Uninstalled the app and never looked back.
     
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    Can't have these paper-looking cards being sent everywhere, now can we :)
     
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    Stupid Apple!! This service was a bargain and excellent quality letterpress.
     
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    They didn't really drop the service, as I've now realized with the article update, you can just make them with iPhoto. I'll miss the push notifications though.

    My guess is since iPhoto for iOS is now free (for new iOS devices anyway) the next major update will include cards support. Maybe.
     

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