Apple giveth with one hand, and taketh away with another. We may have been treated to not just one, but two new iPhones within minutes of each other yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from wielding the axe on one of our favorite and yet least used iOS apps – Cards for iPhone.

If you’ve got a long memory, or perhaps a particular love for greetings cards, then it’s entirely possible that you will remember that the Cards for iOS app was introduced alongside the iPhone 4S. Since then, it has had some updates, but it’s largely been forgotten about by most. Except us. We used it for Christmas cards, but then we’re apparently not using it enough to make it sustainable.

See, Apple just killed Cards for iOS, leaving us to fend for ourselves when we need to send a card. Or just use iPhoto on our Macs.

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It was first noticed that the app was kicking out an error after the Apple event yesterday, with that error saying that the Cards service was no longer available. Eyebrows were raised, and Apple has now confirmed that Cards is no more, leaving those of us that used it to move to iPhoto’s similar function instead.

For those that didn’t use it, Cards allowed people to create greetings cards with a range of designs that let them put their own photos front and center. The cards were printed and shipped straight to their recipients, so the only work required from the sender was to add the photo and tell Apple where to send it. The best part? All that was done on the iPhone, no need of pesky printers or tossing cards inside envelopes. We loved it, and the fact we could do it from our iPhones was an awesome feature and even though they cost $5 each, we didn’t mind the price. Thankfully, the end result was always of good quality. Alas, Cards is no more.

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Now we’ll just have to remember how to use iPhoto, after we’ve re-installed it!

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