Hit iOS apps, games offered free ahead of App Store's fifth anniversary

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A series of premium-priced hit iOS applications and games are now available as free downloads from Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on July 10.

According to The Verge, which first spotted the pricing changes, users can now install for free games like Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Where's My Water?, Badland and Tiny Wings as well as apps ranging from Traktor DJ (normally priced at $19.99) to Barefoot World Atlas. None of the apps and games in question has ever been offered for free from the App Store.

Because Apple has not yet made a formal announcement in relation to the offers, it is unclear whether the free titles are part of a coordinated effort to celebrate the App Store's anniversary. Apple has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Last week, Apple sent out a poster commemorating key App Store landmarks and metrics. The digital storefront opened in July 2008 with about 500 applications optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch: That number now stands at more than 850,000, including 350,000 native apps for the company's iPad tablet. Consumers downloaded 1 billion iOS apps as of April 2009, with installs eclipsing the 10 billion mark in early 2011 and topping 50 billion this past May. Apple has now paid out $10 billion in revenues to iOS developers and publishers. 

For more:
- read this Verge article

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