Apple is Closing Down Its Physical Photo Books Printing Service

Early on Thursday, Apple officially unveiled new MacBook Pro models, which probably counts as good news for some potential buyers out there. But it’s not all a silver lining this morning.

Around the same time, it was confirmed by 9to5Mac that Apple is ending its physical photo printing service before the end of 2018. The service, called Photo Books Service, has bene built into the iPhoto service for Mac since 2002. Over the years, Apple has expanded its services, moving beyond just the simple printed photo to include full photo books, calendars, and more. But it looks like Apple is wrapping things up.

The publication noticed a new pop-up warning within macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 that indicates Apple will run any final orders for the service by September 30, 2018. If that isn’t enough of an indicator of the future of the service, those running the macOS Mojave 10.14 beta have already noticed that there is no reference to Apple’s Photo Books Service, suggesting Apple has removed that feature altogether and plans to drop the service altogether after September 30 of this year.

For its part, Apple is recommending that folks interested in the service download a third-party alternative, one that includes a Photo Projects extension built in. Apple officially introduced that specific API with the launch of High Sierra last year, so third-party services could offer up their own photo printing options.

Our Take

This is one service that I never actually took advantage of, despite having many instances of thinking I should. I don’t imagine going with a third-party option is going to make me jump on board with the idea, either. Sad to see the service go, though. Still, those other options will likely serve customers well enough.

Did you ever use Apple’s photo book printing service?

[via 9to5Mac]