As announced last week, Apple has released Cards and Find My Friends. Cards lets users create and send printed greeting cards to anyone in the world. Users can select photos captured with an iOS device or saved to the Photo Album to customize cards for various occasions like holidays and birthdays. Each 4-by-6-inch card will be printed by Apple on premium cotton paper.
Apple will also print, address, and apply postage to the card’s envelope and mail it. Cards shipped within the U.S. will cost $2.99 while those shipped to other destinations will cost $4.99. Cards shipped in the U.S. can be tracked through the U.S. Postal Service and the sender can opt to receive a push notification when the card is delivered.
Find My Friends works with Apple’s iCloud service, much like the company’s existing Find My iPhone app, to locate friends and family who opt to share their location with you. Friends who share their location with you will be marked on a virtual map. Users can choose to share location information temporarily or permanently with others and the app offers settings for parents to control how their children use the app. A WiFi or 3G data connection are required for the app to share location information.
One of today’s unexpected releases is the iTunes Movie Trailers app. iTunes Movie Trailers brings Apple’s extensive catalog of movie trailers to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch along with some additional features not available on the official website like an interactive release calendar and the ability to search local movie theater listings and purchase tickets (via Fandango on the web).
The other unexpected release is Airport Utility, a universal app that lets users manage Apple’s line of Airport wireless routers from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app is compatible with the 802.11n base stations including the Airport Express, Airport Extreme, and Time Capsule.
Cards, Find My Friends, and Airport Utility all require iOS 5, which was just released today. iTunes Movie Trailers requires iOS 4.3 or higher.