The new apps for iOS 5 that Apple unveiled at their “Let’s talk iPhone” event have finally been released to the App Store. The first app that was announced back then was Cards. It is an app, but then again, it is much more than that. Cards is a service intended to merge the realms of reality and electronics. Using Cards, users can now design their own cards for any occasion, and Apple will mail a printed version of them to whichever destination you choose, anywhere in the world! Of course you will have to pay for the card to get delivered, but the charges are very reasonable, and all the available designs look pretty decent.
The only thing about the app that disappoints is that it doesn’t allow you to customize the design of a card much. It’s understandable, as Apple has to print them out later and it would have been a nightmare trying to print a million different designs. But don’t be too crestfallen, you can add photos to some of the card designs, and to be fair there are quite a lot of templates to choose from.
The templates for cards in the app are categorized based on the occasion you are sending the card for. The categories are as follows:
- Thank You
- Travel (Postcard)
Most cards are pretty generic so you don’t need to be disappointed if you don’t find the category you were looking for among the ones listed above. You can use a Thank You card as a Holiday one if you so wish (after editing its text of course). To edit a card’s text, simply tap on the placeholder text and you will be able to make your desired changes. To add a picture to a card, choose a template which supports photos. When you tap the placeholder photo, the app will present you with options to choose a picture from your local photo library or snap it directly from the camera.
Cards gives you options to edit the inside, outside and envelope of a card. If you want to send a card within the US, it will cost you $2.99, while for anywhere else in the world, each card will set you back $4.99. The app itself is available for free on the iTunes App Store, and we sincerely hope that more templates will be added to it with future updates.