Best iPhone and iPad Apps on Sale Through the Holidays

Today marks the first day of Apple's annual iTunes Connect holiday shutdown, meaning the App Store will be void of any new or updated apps between now and Tuesday, December 27. In the meantime, iPhone and iPad users have plenty of time to capitalize on holiday sales for a number of popular apps.

altoAlto's Adventure
$3.99 → 99 cents
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A beautiful endless runner with procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding.



day-oneDay One
$4.99 → $2.99
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A popular journaling app for capturing everything from once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments.



tweetbotTweetbot
$9.99 → $4.99
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A popular Twitter app with granular mute filters, support for multiple accounts, timeline syncing across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and more.



djay-prodjay Pro for iPad
$19.99 → $9.99
iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A popular app for DJs that integrates with your media library and Spotify. 2016 Apple Design Award Winner.



bywordByword
$5.99 → $2.99
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A popular app for writing with text-to-HTML tool Markdown.



duet-displayDuet Display
$19.99 → $9.99
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: Turn a plugged-in iPad or iPhone into an extra display for your Mac or PC. Praised for lag-free experience in reviews.



dontstarveDon't Starve: Pocket Edition
$4.99 → 99 cents
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: MacRumors sister website TouchArcade called this game a masterpiece of horror, humor, and hunger.



broken-ageBroken Age
$4.99 → 99 cents
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: A popular animated puzzle-filled adventure game. Apple Editors' Choice Winner.



pandemicPandemic: The Board Game
$6.99 → $1.99
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: An award-wining board game in which players are put in an apocalyptic situation where they must work as a team to save the world.



i3Out There: Ω Edition
$4.99 → 99 cents
iPhone and iPad
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: MacRumors sister website TouchArcade gave this galactic adventure game 5 out of 5 stars.



nba2k17NBA 2K17
$7.99 → $2.99
iPhone
AppShopper | App Store

Editor's Note: The latest iPhone version of the popular NBA 2K franchise.

More deals can be found on AppShopper and through the ongoing App Santa promotion, which in addition to some of the apps above, includes discounts on Vee, Screens, Soulver, Pennies, Launch Center Pro, Drafts 4, Interact, Deliveries, Castro, Group Text+, Star Walk, Rando Emoji, and PCalc.

The annual App Store holiday shutdown has also provided TouchArcade with an opportunity to finalize its list of the 100 best games available this year. Nintendo franchises ruled with Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run this year, alongside popular titles like Clash Royale, Lumines, and Deus Ex GO.

Top Rated Comments

Joe Rossignol Avatar
53 months ago

Clearly "Best Apps" is subjective.

Of course it is. If you have any personal suggestions, feel free to share!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LordQ Avatar
53 months ago
Clearly "Best Apps" is subjective.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ziggie216 Avatar
53 months ago

Anyone ever try the Duet Display app? Can't believe I've never seen it before.

yup. use it all the time when I travel and I need a second monitor. Just for kicks once awhile, I use my iPhone Plus as a display too.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citi Avatar
53 months ago

Anyone ever try the Duet Display app? Can't believe I've never seen it before.

Don't think about it. Buy it immediately.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pat500000 Avatar
53 months ago

Of course it is. If you have any personal suggestions, feel free to share!

Thanks for sharing some discount apps! Bring in some more like this due to negative articles as of late.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jeff321 Avatar
53 months ago

Broken Age got 4.5 stars and it's a universal app with Apple TV support, is it that good?

I think the game is amazing for $1. Instant buy. Well, unless you hate adventure games for some reason, I guess? Haven't played on TV though so can't comment on that aspect.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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