Apple Releases Cards and iBooks App Updates
iOS fans watch out. Apple has just launched updates to their own mobile applications, iBooks and Cards. Although the iBooks update is relatively minor, version 2.1.1 will solve an annoying problem that some users have experienced. The main bug addressed by the update is an issue where iBooks prompts you to sign in with your Apple ID at unexpected times.
Fans of Cards will be happy to install version 1.1 which brings all kinds of new options. Not only are there now letterpress cards specifically designed for Mother's Day coming up on May 13, but Apple has added additional cards for birthdays and more. Other improvements include new Get Well card designs.
Apple has also streamlined the checkout process and improved the accuracy of envelope address verification. As always, cards can be customized with photos, and saved for later use. Postage is included in the price. Considering the ease of use and plentiful greeting card options, the pricing is quite reasonable for iOS users.
US customers can send a card within the country for $2.99. Sending a card anywhere else in the world will run you just $4.99. Addressing your card is a matter of selecting a contact from your iPhone and customizing the address appearance and text. When sending cards in the US, you receive a notification on your device on the day the card is scheduled for delivery.
Although we got the vibe that Cards was not really taken seriously by those in attendance on the day it was officially announced, it seems to be offering a pretty convenient service. Now that it's been around for 5 months, do you find yourself using or ignoring the app?