Apple To Shut Down Photos Printing Service

Apple quietly announced, through an alert in the latest update to High Sierra, that they will no longer be offering print products like books, posters, and calendars. They have been offering such services since 2002 in iPhoto. The service will end September 30, which probably corresponds to the release of macOS Mojave.

Many people, myself included, have enjoyed this high-quality, no-nonsense service. It didn’t cost much more to order prints than it did to get film developed before digital photography. And the books and calendars made nice gifts.

However, Photos now supports using third-party extensions to order prints and other photo products through different services. Several companies offer such extensions in the Mac App Store. While these seem to have poor reviews now, with Apple’s service discontinued there may be more of a market for competition that could increase quality.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Apple To Shut Down Photos Printing Service”

    Robert Reed
    7/15/18 @ 10:02 am

    The iPhoto/Photos calendar, books, photo prints have been available for some ten years. From teaching Mac iPhoto/Photos classes over the years, I can attest to these powerful features being quite popular. It is increasingly disappointing that Apple continues to take away popular creative features with no “like” replacement! In other words, Appleā€¦ Please stop making our (creative” Mac look like an iPad or iPhone!

    Barry Cotterell and Susan Francis
    7/19/18 @ 3:05 pm

    We have used photo books over many years and would be very disappointed if it was removed without a similar service being available. The ease and integration has been one of the things that has appealed about Apple. Do they want us to go to Google?

    Graham Binks
    7/20/18 @ 2:08 am

    I have been using the ApplecCalendars for over 6 years now. Every Christmas I send out at least 5 calendars to relatives who all love them. Please do not discontinue this great service.

    Patrick Phelan
    7/22/18 @ 1:23 pm

    This is a very retrograde step. I print six calendars a year and at least one Photo Book, all of which I am very proud of. The quality is superb. I live in Ireland and I’ve checked out three of the add-ons available in the Appstore and all are worse than Photos. Mimeo only ships to the USA; Whitewall is mainly for (great looking) photo prints while Wix seems to have a limit to the amount that can be uploaded. I’m sure Apple won’t change their mind which is such a shame.

    Ron Greewell
    7/25/18 @ 10:10 am

    Another shot across the bow of Apple computer users……Sad!!
    I have been using Apple calendars and Christmas cards for many years. Haven’t researched options. Maybe a subject for Mac Most.

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