Popular iOS apps, games go free ahead of App Store's 5th anniversary

By on July 8, 2013, 10:11 AM
apple, iphone, ipad, ios, app store, free apps

Update: Apple has made the official announcement now. Although other apps have gone free too, officially the promotion includes five games (Badland, Infinity Blade II, Sword & Sworcery, Tiny Wings, Where's My Water) and five apps (Barefoot World Atlas, Day One, How to Cook Everything, Over, Traktor DJ for iPhone). -- Original story is below --

A number of popular iOS apps and games are currently being offered for free on Apple’s App Store. The Verge was first to note the coordinated move, and though Apple hasn’t made any official announcement, the site speculates it may be related to the store’s fifth anniversary, which is due this week on July 10.

None of the apps have been given away for free before. Most sold for a few bucks, but there are also a handful more expensive ones on the list, such as Infinity Blade II, How to Cook Everything and Tracktor DJ -- an iPhone and iPad application for pro DJs that has gone from $4.99/$19.99 respectively to zero. Here’s the full list (so far):

Games

Title Original price Now Platform
Infinity Blade II $6.99 Free Universal
Tiny Wings HD $2.99 Free iPad
Tiny Wings $0.99 Free iPhone
Where's my Water $0.99 Free Universal
Badland $3.99 Free Universal
Sword & Sworcery $4.99 Free Universal
The Idiot Test 3 $0.99 Free Universal
Pig Shot $0.99 Free Universal
Liquid Sketch $1.99 Free iPad
Infinity Blade $5.99 $2.99 Universal

Other

Title Original price Now Platform
Day One Journal $4.99 Free Universal
Traktor DJ $4.99 Free iPhone
Traktor DJ $19.99 Free iPad
Over $1.99 Free Universal
How to Cook Everything $9.99 Free Universal
Map My Ride+ $0.99 Free iPhone
Barefoot World Atlas $4.99 Free Universal
Knots 3D $1.99 Free Universal

Aside from its upcoming anniversary, the move comes nearly a month after Apple announced it had hit the 50 billion downloads milestone, and a total of $10 billion paid to developers. There are now 900,000 iOS apps available for download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with 375,000 designed specifically for iPad.

Hat tip to Tech Tola and Reddit for compiling the list




User Comments: 8

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Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Snap 'em up Apple fans. It's not everyday Apple gives something for free. If I bought an Apple product the first thing I'd do is download 'The Id-iot Test 3'. Then again, maybe not... The results may embarrass me.

Guest said:

Actually, Apple gives away a free app every week in their spotlight.

JC713 JC713 said:

I am gonna download like crazy lol.

Guest said:

Very very funny you foolish little man.

Apple was first to the Touchscreen Smartphone Revolution in 2007, and that's a little history factoid you will never change.

The App Store is the most popular download source in the world, right up there with Game of Thrones torrenting.

Guest said:

You don't have to worry, Apple steals all their ideas anyways, they couldn't come up with an original thought if it bit them in the butt.

Guest said:

You don't have to worry, Apple steals all their ideas anyways, they couldn't come up with an original thought if it bit them in the butt.
Ha ha. You must be the proud owner of one of them obsolete 3 months after I bought it android phones that your company won't let you use cause it's so racked with virii ;) Let's see, when did Google\Samsung\Microsoft come out with their iPhone...I mean, umm, smart phones. Apple Newton anyone?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I've downloaded every single one, I'll try them out when I'm on lunch.

Guest said:

Touch screen mobiles of the quality that exist today was set by Apple with the 1st iphone launch. The App store was 1st launched by apple. iPhone became the 1st best mobile phone that pushed things forward in its direction. Android copied the mobile structure model from iPhone, os ideas stolen from iPhone, notification centre stolen from mac os. Basically anything that looks good, attractive and useful in the modern world is stolen from iPhone by Android. So don't get me wrong Apple and Android both are leaders. But, in a different way. Apple leading inventors, Android leading stealers.

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