Apple discontinues photo printing service

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on FEB 15, 2019

Multinational technology company Apple now recommends third-party Photo Project apps to users as it ends Photo Print Products services.

Apple has announced the discontinuance of its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002.

The service expanded from simple prints to albums, photo books, and calendars. Remaining on the Mac when iPhoto through two decades, the service was replaced with the Photos app within recent years, however, the service never made the transition to iOS.
Later this year, Apple will end the service option altogether. A new message in macOS 10.13.6 Photos app says that final orders for Apple's built-in service must be placed by September 30, 2018.

In macOS Mojave, Photos does not include any references to Apple's integrated Photo Print Products service.

Apple's recommendation instructs customers to download a third-party app that includes a Photos Projects extension. This API was introduced in High Sierra and allows photo services to integrate photo printing UI inside the Apple Photos app. Payment processing and printing are all handled by the third-party.

The iCloud Photo storage remains unchanged. "With iCloud Photo Library, you can browse, search, and share all the photos and videos from any of your devices, whether they were taken yesterday or years ago. To save space on your devices, the original, full?resolution photos you take are automatically uploaded to iCloud. You'll still always have a lightweight version of every photo on your device, and you can download the originals whenever you need them," Apple explains on the official website.

Services that support Photos Projects include Mimeo Photos, Wix, GoodTimes, WhiteWall, and Shutterfly. For users running Mojave, the new Mac App Store is featuring apps in an editorial story