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Apple turns five

Sneha Mahale Sneha Mahale Sneha Mahale , Hindustan Times   July 11, 2013
First Published: 14:38 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:34 IST(11/7/2013)

Apple’s App Store celebrated its fifth anniversary on July 9 and the smartphone giant is going all out to spread the joy. Users of the iPhone and iPad were recently in for a surprise when several popular paid apps were made available for free on the App Store.

And all these applications and games will continue to remain free till July 14. 

Initially, there was no word on whether the offer was connected to the anniversary. However, it was later rectified.

The premium apps, some of which cost as much as $20 (R1,200 approximately), were clubbed together under the section, ‘5 Years of the App Store — Celebrate with Free Apps and Games’. In honour of the occasion, Apple also compiled a list of the 10 best third-party apps of all time for the iPhone and iPad, respectively. Following that 10 of those applications were also added to the free app list. Some of the apps that will be available to users at no cost include the popular puzzle game Where’s My Water, adventure game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery and side-scrolling action game Tiny Wings.

That’s not all. Interactive app Barefoot World Atlas that helps kids (and parents) learn geography, cookbook app How To Cook Everything that offers over 2,000 recipes by Michael Bittman, photo editing app Over and Traktor DJ, where anyone can mix pro-level music tracks in seconds are also among the apps available.

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THE TOP FIVE  THIRD-PARTY APPS
Top five paid iPhone apps
1 Angry Birds
2 Fruit Ninja
3 Doodle Jump
4 Cut the Rope
5 Angry Birds Seasons

Top five free iPhone apps
1 Facebook
2 Pandora Radio
3 Instagram
4 YouTube
5 Skype

Top five paid iPad apps
1 Pages
2 Angry Birds HD
3 Angry Birds Seasons HD
4 Where's My Water
5 Fruit Ninja HD

Top five free iPad apps
1 Skype for iPad
2 The Weather Channel for iPad
3 Netflix
4 Angry Birds HD Free
5 Kindle
(Figures are of all time)

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