Cards (iOS)

Cards was a card creation application developed by Apple Inc. for iOS 5.[1] Cards was released to the general public on October 12, 2011. The application was discontinued on September 10, 2013.[2][3]

Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) (iPhone 4S)
Final release
iOS 6.0 / September 19, 2012; 8 years ago (2012-09-19)
Operating systemiOS 5 and later
Size92.3 MB
Available inEnglish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish



Cards allowed users to create cards and obtain them physically. The application offers 21 template designs across six categories, including "Thank You," "Holiday," "Baby," "Birthday," "Love" and "Travel," and allows users to customize photos and text within the card.[4] Cards uses Location integration. Users who choose a Travel design will see the name of their current location displayed on the card.[5] The app also reads GPS data from photos, so locations can be displayed even after the photo is taken.[6] Cards keeps track of each card a user creates in its history. One card could be sent to multiple recipients.


When finished creating cards, users had the ability to have it created in a physical form and mailed.[7] Users place orders using their Apple ID and password and include custom-designed postage if shipped within the United States.[8] Each card is created from 100 percent cotton paper. Notifications appeared on the iOS device that the card was created on once the card had been shipped.[9]


  1. ^ "iOS 5 - See new features included in iOS 5". Apple. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Apple cancels Cards greeting card app, suggests iPhoto
  3. ^ Gurman, Mark (September 11, 2013). "Apple confirms Cards app for iOS is discontinued, recommends iPhoto". 9to5Mac. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Apple - iPhone 4S - From the App Store - Cards
  5. ^ Apple iOS 5 review: Modest, but definitely worthwhile | iPhone Atlas - CNET Reviews
  6. ^ Send Real Greeting Cards With Apple's New Cards App - Mac Rumors
  7. ^ Apple's app sends shares of card makers tumbling - Yahoo! News
  8. ^ Apple announces Cards iOS app | Photography | Macworld
  9. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (October 5, 2011). "Apple's New App: A Hallmark Killer?". Huffington Post.