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Apple gives away popular apps to celebrate App Store's fifth birthday

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Mon Jul 08 2013, 10:28
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WALLED GARDEN VENDOR Apple has made a handful of the most popular iOS apps and games free to celebrate the App Store's fifth anniversary.

At the iTunes Store there are a number of usually paid-for apps available to download for free, including Infinity Blade II, which usually costs £4.99, and Traktor DJ for the iPad, usually priced at £13.99.

Other discounted apps include the stupidly addictive Tiny Wings (as well as the iPad optimised HD version), action adventure game Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP, platformer Badland, photo editing application Over and Disney puzzler Where's My Water?.

There's a chance that Apple might add more titles to the giveaway offer as the week goes on.

Although Apple has not announced anything, we believe the random App Store discounts are meant to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the iTunes App Store, which falls on 10 July. Apple has already started releasing promotional material ahead of the anniversary on Wednesday, so we'll be surprised if the free deals aren't related.

Apple launched the iTunes App Store on 10 July 2008, and it has since seen more than 50 billion apps downloaded by users of its iPhone and iPad devices across almost one million unique titles.

Apple has thrown out some other statistics about its App Store, revealing that Doodle Jump, Instagram, Temple Run and Draw Something have over time topped the App Store in terms of popularity.

Apple was not immediately available for comment. µ


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