A farewell to iCards

Apple had plenty of big announcements at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco—a new iPhone! Updates on the status of the iPhone 2.0 software! Even a new version of OS X. Unfortunately, for the purposes of our video, none of those announcements translated to tangible products. The iPhone 3G won’t be out until July 11. The iPhone 2.0 software—and its attendant third-party apps—is slated for an early July arrival. And OS X Snow Leopard? Check back about this time next year.

So what does that leave us for this week’s Macworld Video? Well, associate editor Brian Chen and I decided to focus on one aspect of another Apple announcement from this week—the .Mac-replacing MobileMe online service. No, we can’t show you the service itself—like the other announcements at WWDC, this one won’t be released until later. Instead, we focus on one feature that disappears with the arrival of MobileMe—Apple’s eight-year-old iCard online greeting cards. We hope you take our video tribute in the spirit in which it’s intended.

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Show Notes

You can find a whole mess of articles on WWDC at Macworld.com, including coverage of Snow Leopard and its server component, the iPhone 2.0 software, and the forthcoming iPhone 3G. Jason Snell also had some hands-on time with the new iPhone.

If you’d like to see video of Steve Jobs’ keynote—other than the full-length version available at Apple’s Web site—we’ve posted videos from our colleagues at IDG News Service. You can watch Steve Jobs unveil the iPhone as well as some of the iPhone software demos from Monday’s keynote.

Oh, and be sure to send your loved ones an iCard—while you still can. Here’s the Apple FAQ confirming iCards’ impending demise.

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