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ED#154 : Apple App Store's 5th Anniversary Freebies! Rev. 2.0
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ED#154 : Apple App Store's 5th Anniversary Freebies!

To celebrate the App Store's 5th Anniversary on the 10th of July, Apple has tied up with some app developers to give away some really great apps! Here's their official statement :

From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it's been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we're giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time. Plus, look back at the key moments that have made the App Store the world's most innovative destination for apps.

Update @ 11/07/2013 : We just had a very interesting talk with an iOS game developer about these freebies. Apparently, Apple reached out to the top iOS app developers in January 2013 to give their apps away for free or at very special discounts, to celebrate the App Store's 5th anniversary and the fact that the App Store was expected to hit 50 BILLION downloads by then. Apple hit the mark early, with the 50th billionth app downloaded on the 16th of May, 2013.

The app developers had to sign a special NDA because in return for the freebies and discounts, Apple would work out some favours for them. Although our source did not want to reveal the exact terms, it was hinted that getting featured on the App Store was one of those favours.

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You can head over to the special section in iTunes to check out the free apps, as well as take a look at key milestones in the App Store's history. The 5 landmark games, and 5 groundbreaking apps that Apple is giving away are below. For your convenience, we have even included their original prices!

Free Apps

Free Games

Barefoot World Atlas ($4.99)

BADLAND ($3.99)

Day One (Journal / Diary) ($4.99)

Infinity Blade II ($6.99)

How to Cook Everything ($4.99)

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP ($4.99)

Over ($1.99)

Tiny Wings ($0.99)

Traktor DJ for iPhone ($4.99)

Where's My Water? ($0.99)

In addition to those 10 official apps that Apple is giving away FOC, other developers are also offering their games and apps for free to celebrate the App Store's 5th anniversary. Check them out :

Free Apps

Free Games

iCookbook Diabetic ($4.99) New!

Angry Birds Star Wars HD ($2.99) New!

iCookbook ($4.99) New!

Angry Birds Star Wars ($0.99) New!

TubePlus for YouTube Client ($2.99) New!

Supercow ($2.99) New!

YoWindow ($4.99) New!

Hemispheres - Duel Your Brain ($1.99) New!

App Toolkit - 100 in 1 ($0.99) New!

Aircrafts 1945 HD ($3.99) New!

Ela-Salaty ($1.99) New!

Aircrafts 1945 ($1.99) New!

iPoe 2 ($2.99) New!

Treasure Tower Sprint ($0.99) New!

Vio ($2.99) New!

Berzerk Ball 2 ($1.99) New!

LEDit ($0.99) New!

Mooncake HD ($2.99) New!

Wide Split Lens ($1.99) New!

Air Penguin ($0.99) New!

AppTicker HD ($0.99)

Mini Motor Racing HD ($1.99)

Text On Photo ($0.99)

Mini Motor Racing ($0.99)

QuickMark ($1.99)

Angry Birds Rio ($0.99)

4Password ($0.99)

Feed That Dragon HD ($2.99)

SkySafari 3 ($2.99)

Feed That Dragon ($0.99)

Dreamdays ($1.99)

Walking Dead: The Game ($4.99)

Video Downloader Pro ($0.99)

Homerun Battle 2 ($0.99)

Resume Designer ($4.99)

Chopper ($2.99)

Rinky Dinky Rhyme Book ($1.99)

The Sims Medieval for iPad ($4.99)

Lumiè ($1.99)

The Sims Medieval ($2.99)

Traktor DJ for iPad ($19.99)

Tiny Wings HD ($2.99)

BigMind Pro - Mind Mapping ($4.99)

Mirror's Edge for iPad ($9.99)

Local Cloud ($9.99)

Mirror's Edge ($0.99)

Knots 3D ($1.99)

Flight Control HD ($4.99)

PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT Reader HD ($0.99)

Flight Control ($0.99)

PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT Reader ($0.99)

Dead Space for iPad ($9.99)

LANScan ($4.99)

Dead Space ($6.99)

abc Notes ($2.99)

Peggle HD ($0.99)

Map My Ride+ ($0.99)

Peggle ($0.99)

Debt Snowball+ ($1.99)

Dr. Panda's Supermarket ($1.99)

Localscope ($1.99)

Toca Band ($2.99)

Note : We will keep adding apps to the table above, so please check back often for new free apps. Some are free for a very short time, so you have to be fast, fast, fast!

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