With none of the fanfare that greeted its introduction two years ago, Apple has quietly discontinued its Cards app, which allowed users to create printed greeting cards that would be sent to the recipient by the USPS. Apple says users who want to send cards from their phones can use the iPhoto app, which uses “a carrier such as FedEx rather than through the United States Post Office”. The only apparent “announcement” of the move is this item on the Apple support web site:
As of September 10, 2013, the Cards iOS app service 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.
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.
Read more: Cards: Frequently asked questions.