Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) (iPhone 4S)
Final release
iOS 6.0 / September 19, 2012; 9 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 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]



Cards allowed users to create cards and obtain them physically. The application offered 21 template designs across six categories, including "Thank You," "Holiday," "Baby," "Birthday," "Love" and "Travel," and allowed users to customize photos and text within the card.[4] Cards used Location integration. Users who chose a Travel design would see the name of their current location displayed on the card.[5] The app also read GPS data from photos, so locations could be displayed even after the photo is taken.[6] Cards kept track of each card a user created 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 placed orders using their Apple ID and password and included custom-designed postage if shipped within the United States.[8] Each card was 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". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  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.