Top iOS apps go free ahead of App Store’s 5th anniversary

By , Jul 8, 2013

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As noted by several iDB readers, a handful of high profile iOS games and apps have gone free ahead of what could be a major celebration in honor of the App Store’s fifth anniversary. Apple recently sent out timeline posters to major media outlets signaling the July 10 milestone.

Among the apps spotted thus far, believed to be a part of the promotion, are Chair’s widely popular swipe-to-fight action title Infinity Blade II and Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ for iPad—neither of which has ever been offered for free. You’ll find a full list of the deals after the fold…

Here’s the list of all of the free top apps spotted thus far (via The Verge):

Apple hasn’t made any official announcements yet regarding the offers, and none of the above apps give any kind of explanation on their App Store pages. But given that the App Store’s fifth anniversary is in just a couple of days, it seems quite possible that the two things are related.

The App Store first went live back on July 10, 2008. Prior to that, users who wanted to run third party apps on their iPhones were forced to either use web apps, or jailbreak their handsets. In fact, many believe jailbreaking played a significant role in the App Store’s introduction.

During the WWDC keynote last month, Tim Cook announced that there are now more than 900,000 apps in the App Store—375,000 of which are iPad specific—and that app developers have made over $7 billion. And in May, Apple celebrated the App Store’s 50 billionth download.

We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

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  • Piyush

    Downloaded all this awesome apps ,also “how to cook everything” App gone free too , today is awesome day for ios users , great ios 7 beta 3 update (i know its in beta but still ) and now this , cool.

    • Aadish

      Beta 3 is going to come. Not yet come out, right?

      • Piyush

        yaa but excited for that too.

    • Parth Patel

      Photostation is also free

      • Chris Bateson Bostwick

        I looked up Photostation, but nothing came up. Is there another name?

      • Parth Patel

        Google search ‘photostation for ios’ and tap the first link

      • Chris Bostwick

        Thank you. I was trying to find it on the iPad instead of the iPhone.

  • abdullah575

    today ios 7 beta 3 !!!

    • Benjamin Lopez

      This is not sure, it’s just supposition …

    • Jordan Carter

      why do you care so much about a beta update? all it does it add bug fixes and tweak unimportant shit.

  • Marco Urrea

    Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
    not free :(

    • D.

      Coming up as free for me (Australia)

      • Guest

        It’s free here as well (India)

    • Aadish

      It’s free here as well (India).

    • Grande PHD

      It is free. See the devenloper info. If you use appshopper it will not work.

    • bloodshed

      Search “sword & sorcery” in the AppStore..that may help.

  • Ricky

    Download time

  • mehrab

    Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
    not free on usa appstore

    • Ricky

      Phew its free in my country

    • J M

      It is free for me in the US. I search for it in the app store and it worked fine.

  • Manan Patel

    micro edition is not free but on pc the EP edition of superbrothers is free on us store

  • Grande PHD

    Really nice!!

  • Brandon Weidema

    What a solid group of free apps!

  • http://www.funtechblog.wordpress.com./ Bobby McBobson

    Cool

  • Willie

    I still remember playing tiny wings last time. Oh damn such a fun game

  • http://www.funtechblog.wordpress.com./ Bobby McBobson

    Haha it’s the new app store logo

  • batongxue

    Goooooooooooooooood!

  • rosssimpson

    Not sure whether this is due to the 5th anniversary but Map My Ride+ is free here in the UK. I use the free one every time I go out mountain biking and it never fails me!

  • Maxim∑

    Badland is so cool!

  • Bobby

    Downloaded them all

  • nyangejr

    Souvenir sweet

  • http://www.funtechblog.wordpress.com./ Bobby McBobson

    Wow thanks so much Cody!

  • seyss

    there’s a section on Featured with all the free stuff

  • Lisa H

    The Rise is the worst thing on earth. I have never regretted an APP until now, I can’t turn it off, it ruined my iPad. Shame on Apple too, I will never ever trust any of you. You going to replace my iPad, you evil sick people? I deleted the APP and it won’t shut the %^# up. Thanks for your destruction, you’re all disgusting.