iOS App Store celebrates 5th anniversary, discreetly makes select apps free

Apple has quietly made some of its most popular games and applications free, perhaps in conjunction with the iOS App Store first launching five years ago this week. With original prices ranging from $0.99 to $19.99, the applications seem to be hand selected as some of the store’s most popular and successful.

The App Store will celebrate its fifth birthday on July 10th and Apple has already begun sharing statistics to show how far it has come. At WWDC earlier last month, the company announced that it had accumulated 575 million app store accounts. These users are selecting from a catalog of apps surpassing 900,000.

Some of the apps that have gone free:


Tiny Wings (iPhone / iPad)
Badland (iPhone / iPad)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery (iPhone / iPad)
Infinity Blade 2 (iPhone / iPad)
Where’s My Water (iPhone / iPad)
The Idiot Test 3 (iPhone)
Pig Shot (Universal)
Glow Puzzle (iPhone)
Real Steel (Universal)
War of Reproduction (iPhone)
Liquid Sketch (iPad)


Day One Journal (iPhone / iPad)
Traktor DJ (iPhone / iPad)
Over (iPhone / iPad)
Barefoot World Atlas (Universal)
How to cook everything (Universal)
Map My Ride + (iPhone)
Knots 3D (Universal)