Apple Cards: Mail Paper Cards From Your iPhone Or iPod Touch

You've probably forgotten about Cards. It was the thing Apple announced this week that used old-fashioned snail-mail. Despite sounding like something for old people, Cards is kind of cool, and Apple Australia's site says the service is "coming soon".

Apple US rolled out some details on the Cards program today. Cards let your take a photo with your iPhone or iPod Touch, and send it out as a folded letterpress card. Choose fro one of 21 different designs, add your text, and pick contacts from your address book and you're good to go. Apple ships worldwide, domestic rates will be $US2.99, while shipping internationally will set you back $US4.99.

A personalised letterpress card for $US3 is a pretty good deal. And speaking as someone who bought a bunch of baby announcements that I never sent because I was too lazy to hand address them all, being able to use your contacts as a shipping tool is pretty fantastic. Quite simply, Apple is taking the work out of being courteous, which is great, as being courteous sucks. With these, no-one will know how lazy you actually are. Except other iPhone owners. But

Several of the designs are now previewed online. They're quite pretty! For some reason, the "here is a picture of my junk" card isn't there. I'm sure they'll add it soon. Stay tuned for Australian details. [Apple Australia]

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