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Apple photo printing alternatives: what to use when it closes

Rival services from Photobox, Snapfish, Jessops and Tesco live on

With Apple’s photo printing service coming to an end, what are the best ways to have your favourite snaps delivered to your door? We look at the options.

Arriving back in 2002, Apple’s Print Products service aimed to make creating a physical photo album a piece of cake. After uploading your images to the Photos app on Mac, Apple could help you create photo books, calendars, cards and regular prints in a range of sizes.

But that’s all coming to an end in a couple of weeks, which means you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to decorate your home with prints. Read on for the details.

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When is Apple closing its printing service?

If you were planning to create a photo album using Print Products, you still have a couple of weeks to get your order in before Apple closes things down for good.

A notification that has been appearing on the Photos app for Mac confirms that the service is stopping at the end of September. It reads:

‘For final purchases using the existing built-in service, place your orders by September 30, 2018.’

Apple hasn’t said why it’s discontinuing the scheme. We suspect that a lack of interest from Mac users could be behind it, or that the service is being beaten by cheaper services from other big-name brands.

Which is the cheapest photo printing service?

If you’re looking to create a photo-packed gift for yourself or a loved one, you’ll want to get as many prints for your money as you can.

Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of online printing services, highlighting printing costs, delivery costs and delivery times for each one.

As you can see, Boots comes out on top when it comes to cost – a single 10″ x 8″ photo is 99p to print with a matt or gloss finish, while the same size image is £2 through Jessops and Tesco. The brand also tops our table for delivery costs – if you’re ordering fewer than 50 prints you’ll pay just 99p for delivery.

To find out which printing services offer the best quality and service, we surveyed more than 1,000 real customers about their experiences. Our guide to online photo printing services has the details.

Printing photos from home

If you don’t want to wait around for your prints to get delivered, using your own printer is an option. However, you’ll have to take ink costs into consideration. If you’re printing large, colourful images, you run the risk of using up an ink cartridge quicker than you’d like.

For every printer that passes through our test lab, we pay close attention to the quality of prints and highlight the models that are the best value to run. Our rigorous tests cover big-name brands including Brother, Canon, Epson and HP.

Take a look at our guide to the best photo printers if you like the idea of creating photo albums at home. Alternatively, see our full range of Best Buy printers to find out which models have scored the highest.

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