Posted 07/08/2013 at 11:07 AM
Posted 4 years ago
July 10 (2013) marks five years since Apple launched its App Store and, seemingly in celebration of the event, Cupertino has decided to offer iOS users a host of popular apps for free.
First spotted by the guys over at The Verge, the iTunes Store now features a number of previously paid apps for free, including top titles such as the much loved Infinity Blade II and Traktor DJ for iPad – an app that usually retails at $19.99. Other titles spotted free of charge are the addictive Tiny Wings, platform game Badland, adventure title Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP and Disney Puzzle Where’s My Water?
Apple has yet to mention anything about the freely available apps; however, it is very unlikely that they would give them away for nothing just to be nice, especially when they shift good numbers at their usual price tags. The company began releasing promotional material last week in preparation for the fifth year anniversary last week and the discounted apps are probably related. As the week progresses, we may even see more titles added to the list of giveaways.
More than 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices since it debuted on July 10 2008, and despite stiff competition from Android’s Google Play Store, iOS has managed to stay top dog when it comes to choice and quality of apps. Apple’s walled garden approach to its marketplace has turned a number of developers away over the years, but its operating system remains the Promised Land for most and getting an app into the iTunes Store listings is the ultimate goal of many aspiring developers.
If you own an iOS device, grab one of the free apps while you can, because this offer is unlikely to last for very long.