Apple gives away free apps to celebrate App Store’s 5th anniversary

Apple is preparing to celebrate the fifth year of its App Store on Wednesday — but the presents are all for you.

Starting Monday, the company began offering 10 of its most popular apps, including the journaling app “Day One,” photo editor “Over” and games such as “Infinity Blade,” “Tiny Wings,” and “Where’s My Water,” for free. The company is also offering “Barefoot World Atlas,” “How to Cook Everything,” “Traktor DJ for iPhone,” “Badland,” and “Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP” in its list of giveaways.

The deals are only available for a “limited time,” so those interested in picking up the free apps should move sooner rather than later.

The app store, which will celebrate is official five-year anniversary on July 10, initially launched in 2008 with 500 apps, the company said in timeline featured on the App Store. It logged 10 million app downloads in the first weekend.

As of May 2013, the company said, there are now over 850,000 apps available and the store passed its 50 billionth download. That works out to over 800 downloads per second, Apple says.

The offer is similar to Google’s celebration of the one-year anniversary of its Google Play store earlier this year, when the firm offered discounts on apps, music and video for an entire celebratory week.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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