17 July 2018
Apple has revealed plans of shutting down its photo printing service called Photo Print Products. It is doing so by showing a pop-up within the Photos app available on macOS 10.13.6, as spotted by 9to5Mac folks. The pop-up makes it clear that the vintage service will be killed on September 30th, 2018 which is in a couple of months from now.
Photos Print Products service was introduced by Apple in 2002 alongside the unveiling of the iPhotos app (now known as simply Photos). It allows users to take physical versions of photos stored in the Photos app. The best part of the feature is that users can choose from different formats like albums, photo books, and calendar.
Other than notifying about the decision to shut down, Apple has suggested users make use of third-party applications with Photo Print API integration to place their orders. Such orders should be placed before September 30th which is the date on which the service will shut down for forever.
It should be noted that this decision only means that Apple is not interested in offering photo printing services anymore. If you are someone who likes to get their photos memorabilia, you can always go to other options like Google Photos, Flickr, and many many more.