Popular iOS apps go free ahead of App Store’s 5th anniversary
Apple’s App Store turns five this week, which might be why some of
the marketplace’s popular applications are now available for free.
Apple’s App Store has started offering several popular applications,
including Infinity Blade II and Tiny Wings, for free. Traktor DJ, a
platform for pro DJs, typically costs $19.99. As of this writing, it’s
available for free. Many of the other suddenly-free apps sold previously
for a few bucks.
So, what’s happening? The Verge, which was first to report
on the free apps, argues that it might be an early promotion in
anticipation of the App Store’s five-year anniversary. The marketplace
opened on July 10, 2008.
Whether the free offer has something to do with the anniversary,
however, remains to be seen. Apple has not promoted anything in the
marketplace to call attention to the anniversary and the app makers
currently offering a free download have also been mum on the move.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.