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Apple card letterpress header Apples Card app Tried and Tested.Its easy to overlook the first announcement of the recent Apple fest, Cards for iPhone and Ipad.  I had completely forgotten about it until I realised I’d failed to get a card for “the other half”.

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As with any Apple software offering the experience of virtual to physical is done in a typical Apple smooth fashion but misses out on one or two key areas.

Designing and a card couldn’t be any simpler. Simply choose a template, a picture from your iPhone library (or snap one there and there), edit the text and then select the recipients of the card. The whole process for me took a little under 5 minutes and that included taking the time to write some witty text inside the card.  Navigation between the Outside, Inside and envelope can be done via gestures or plain old fashion clicking.

The recipient is a location aware feature so it does try to check the postcode of the recipients when you select their address from your list of contacts.  Recipient information can be entered manually along side choosing from the contact list and although its a basic feature it’s welcomed.

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However, no matter what I tried Cards/iPhone was adamant that my address was wrong even though I know it wasn’t.

Before you complete your purchase you asked to enter some basic credit card security information which I assume is to stop anyone picking up your iPhone up and sending cards to anyone and everyone in your contact list.  Wonder why it doesn’t ask for your Apple id password instead of your cvv?

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Of course with any Apple app there are always a few “missing” features, the biggest one is that when you order a card you really have no indication of when it’s going to arrive unlike pretty much any other website but offers a similar service.  The card designed, money taken and then you are left waiting for notification.  Those of us in the UK know exactly the up and down side of our beloved Royal mail and now I think on it, I didn’t read the terms of conditions of it a card goes missing.

The cost factor as well comes into play for example moonpig.com lets you use a similar type of card for £2.99 and Hallmark has a similar pricing strategy.   It’s worth noting that both of the aforementioned services do blaze their logo on the back of the car so people will know you are using the Internet, for all intents and purposes, to send someone a cheap gift card.

Yes it’s a touch more expensive than the shops, the designs aren’t the best BUT for sending a card on the go with the minimum of fuss there isn’t anything out there to compete with it.

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Update

It seems that I’m not the only person who is wondering about the service and the lack of not only a delivery date but deliveries what so ever.  It’s now cracking on for 2 weeks and still no card has arrived.  I’d be placing money now on the other card manufacturers in the UK to release a similar iPhone app with a bit more functionality.

Update 2.  Its arrived

As of Saturday 22nd October the card had arrived and been put through the letter box.  No signature needed or anything.  It does look exactly like how the app pictures it. Will post a picture shortly.

Card ordered on 13/10/2011
arrives on  22/10/2011
9 days to go from sender to recipient.  That’s not too bad for overseas mail however I wouldn’t be trusting my Christmas cards to this unless I wanted to start sending them at the start of December.

Update 3

A picture of the said card and we’ve also published an article comparing Apple Cards to Hallmark and more.

Apple Card Side Apples Card app Tried and Tested.

The card arrived but its a touch small

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  1. Hello, I am having the same problem on your screen you showed regarding the app not able to verify the recipient address(even though I know the address is correct), will it still send the card to that specified address or will it not send at all?

    Thanks!

  2. Yep it will still send, at least I’m pretty sure it will as I have an iTunes style invoice saying it’s on it’s way.

  3. Agreed re delivery problem. I’m ok with the price (take off VAT and postage and you’d be hard pushed to get a greeting card for £2.50) but the real problem is not knowing when it’s going to arrive!

    People who sending greeting cards usually need them to arrive ASAP or on a set date – neither is possible with this app. I ordered three cards on iOS5 day (six days ago) and although they were dispatched the same day – none have yet arrived 🙁 Kinda pointless really.

    I’m guessing they’re being shipped from America which is also seems pointless – could they not knock-up a system in the UK/Ireland??

  4. Well so far the card I ordered still hasn’t arrived so I doubt that I will be using this for Christmas unless I get them delivered to me weeks before, but then that defeats the point of it all. Please post back here to let us know if the cards arrived. Wonder if the service has been overwhelmed?

  5. Similar problems. Still waiting for card and other services are a lot quicker. I would have thought a mail hub in each area would be used? Also did not want to put a return address but it insisted I did, I don’t normally put these on and from the mock up it went on front! Also can’t get rid off cards I have sent or played around with. Great idea needs work.

  6. Another little quibble I have, aside from postage times, is the lack of ability to put a salutation inside the card. The app uses such a nice handwriting font for the envelope, why can’t I use this to put mine and the recipients names inside the card?

    Lovely app, but just a little more work and it’d be perfect.

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