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12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:11PM EST
Best Free iPhone Apps

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Apple’s record holiday-quarter earnings weren’t enough to get investors excited, so maybe this batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free will do the trick. We’ve got a hardy helping of 12 apps on today’s list and there’s no telling when these sales might end, so be sure to hurry up and grab them while they’re still free downloads.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.


Normally $7.99.

Never lose your laptop again! Get warning when your laptop is moving away from you!

Easy steps to follow:
1) Register BeaconGo or any hardware beacon device for iBeacon with this app
2) Put beacon to your laptop case
3) Track the distance between you and the laptop
4) You get notified when your keys are no longer in range (either you left it behind or someone took it away from you!)
5) You get notified again when your laptop is in range.

Supported beacons (by default):
– BeaconGo
– Estimote
– Radius Networks
– Roximity
– TwoCanoes
– BlueUp
– Glimworm
– Bluecats

If your beacon is not in the supported list, email us and let us know!

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Download BeaconGo


Normally $1.99.

The data points as well as presentation provided by Merlo is absolutely fantastic and highly useful for those looking to take a good look at their Twitter stats –

If you love or dabble in analytics, Merlo is an app that should provide you with the relevant data to make you decide which actions to take in your social media activities –

Merlo is designed to help you keep track of your daily twitter interactions, monitor your twitter account and improve your social engagement.
The daily report shows every interaction in a tidy and clear way.
From the calendar it’s possible to jump to previous reports or select a date range to have a wider insight.
The stats will give you a better understanding of your activities and your social engagement, simple graphs will easily show specific trends of your twitter account.
Keeping an eye on followers and following is easier than ever, discover who unfollowed you or who is not following you back: if your timeline is too crowded or not enough, the people tab will help you either way.

And if you are concerned about your data, don’t worry: all the processing is done on your device.
Remember to have a quick look at the FAQ to better understand how Merlo works.

If you like Merlo, please consider leaving a review this will help a lot.
If instead something is not working or you have a suggestion, don’t esitate to send me an email, any kind of feedback is always welcomed.

Download Merlo

Project RainMan

Normally $0.99.

RainMan’s beauty lies in its simplicity. It provides you with the current temperature, the low/high for each day, a sexy heat index, wind speed, precipitation, humidity along with a 6 day forecast all on the same screen.

Download Project RainMan

My Rec

Normally $0.99.

My Rec is an app for managing audio recordings, it’s easy, fast and beautiful to use.
It’s the ideal for working with voice memos, save reminders, record calls (only with AppleWatch), record lectures or meetings or keep track of interviews.

A useful app in all case.

Technical details and features
• High quality recording, up to 44Khz / 320 kbps
• Instant use, just open the app and press Rec
• Widgets for immediate recordings
• 3D Touch Support for immediate recordings
• Registration anonymous, also records in the background, with the smartphone off, while you are using or when you have other applications open.
• No limit to the length of the recording
• Support for sharing:
– Documents in iTunes
– With Wi-Fi via AirDrop
– With Wi-Fi via WebServer
– With eMail (limited at 10MB)
– With the main third part apps that make use of audio files
– DropBox, Box and major clouds app
• Import audio files, music and ringtones (Mp3, Mpeg-4, Aiff)

Apple Watch Support
• Rec, save and play on Watch
• Traces automatically synchronized on the device
• Complication for immediate recordings

Download My Rec

Sketch Hack

Normally $1.99.

Make-and-create artworks wherever you – because genius work never happens at work.

Brought to you by the award winning indie-development team ‘’ – #SKETCH-HACK# can get you making artwork in whatever situation you find yourself.

Powered by a fast, smooth and versatile painting engine, which has a few original techniques up it’s sleeve, #SKETCH HACK# has a huge range of brushes and off-the-wall experimental brushes. Not forgetting the fully customisable effect touch-up brushes. And if you are really curious of what sketch hack can do why not open up the hood and experiment with making your own.

By mashing and mixing up its different brushes you can create original and imaginative works.

Sketching, Inking, Painting, Sprays, Patterns, Shapes, Experimental, Neon, Splats, Effects.


• Over 90 fully customisable brushes –
• GPU souped-up effect and touch up style brushes – saturate, blur, pixelate and more.
• As many layers as your iPhone will allow
• Support for Pogo and Adonit bluetooth styluses
• 1000’s of undo/redo
• Continuous auto-saving of your work
• Automatic video recording of every stroke you make
• Drop-colour fill areas
• Export as layered PSDs
• Share, save-to-camera-roll or export as layered PSDs
• Video colour picker
• Make your own Custom Colour Palettes
• Export / import your own sets of Custom Brushes for different types of work.
• Flick Ink Splats on the Canvas for some digital dirt.
• Smooth multitouch canvas pan, zoom, rotate – with double-tap zoom In-Out memory.‘ – go beyond what you know’


Download Sketch Hack

Alien Apocalypse X

Normally $9.99.

The invasion of Earth has begun!

The Alien invaders are setting up their bases in the heart of the tropical jungles of the planet and everything now seems lost… but fortunately the human race have Zambo on their side!

Zambo, the arsenal man, alone is worth a whole army! Equipped with bombs, pistols, machine gun, plasma gun, flamethrower and bazooka …He is an unstoppable force! And what of his powerful robot “the pulper” that he can drive in battle?

Who can stop Zambo? Run through the jungle to fight the horde of horrible and slimy alien creatures from other worlds! The mission is to destroy all the alien spacecrafts’s cores and eliminate the enemy.

The war has begun, play as Zambo and go down in battle now!!

– Complete missions and destroy all the alien spaceships!
– Equip a variety of weapons and smash to pieces all the monstrous enemies!
– Enter robot mode, become invulnerable and get the maximum firepower!
– 3D graphics of the highest quality and in Full HD!!!
– Collect coins to buy several items and power-ups in a well assorted virtual store!
– Supports GameCenter: compete with players all around the world thanks to leaderboards and achievements!
– Universal App: runs in HD on iPad and Retina Display devices.

Download Alien Apocalypse X

Real Bokeh

Normally $1.99.

Create photo of beautiful light effects with Real Bokeh.

Real Bokeh helps you to draw beautiful bokeh effect to your photos. It also enables you to apply beautiful light leak effects and filters to your photos.

– 36 beautiful bokeh shapes
– 33 light leak effects
– 23 image filters
– Draw multiple bokehs with finger touch
– Apply multiple bokeh shapes to one photo
– Change bokeh size (large, medium, small, tiny and mixed)
– Change opacity
– Multiple bokeh colors with easy color picker (28 colors)
– Easy undo and clear all
– Save as full resolution
– Share to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and other apps

[User Reviews]
– “This app is amazing. The features are great and there are so many different kinds of shapes”
– “I love the freedom of this editing app”
– “So much fun and add creativity and fun to your photos”
– “It works very good and is worth it! It makes the pictures look so beautiful”
– “Awesome app. Love using it for every picture I take and have”

Download Real Bokeh

Weather Now

Normally $0.99.

Imagine that the entire globe is at your fingertips. Never before has getting weather information been as exciting and interactive as it is in the “Weather Now” application.
Amazingly beautiful 3D images of our planet draws your attention for so long that you may forget that the application has other useful features that allows you easy access to precise, global weather information.

The main features of “Weather Now” are the “home screen” and the forecast page with a unique way of scaling the charts. On the “home screen”, you can get information on the selected location such as local time and current weather with detailed weather conditions, and, of course, an incredibly beautiful three-dimensional image of the globe with realistic-looking atmosphere, the sun and the stars. You can manually turn it, increase and decrease its size, run the slow spinning animation or stop it. Installed in a cradle or dock station, the application can run as a screensaver, attracting your friends and fellows.

The weather forecast is provided by CustomWeather, Inc, an American weather provider of global weather information for over 11 years. CustomWeather is a leader in technology and meteorological innovation, providing local weather information to companies and application developers around the world.

The current weather data is gathered from thousands of professionally installed and maintained weather stations installed mostly at airports. WeatherNow only shows current weather from stations that have reported local weather conditions within the past hour. Current weather data is refreshed every 30 minutes; that is twice as frequent as most other weather providers can offer. Unique 48-hour forecasts from over 80,000 locations around the world provide a level of coverage and detail that simply cannot be found elsewhere.

Current weather information includes: description, air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, dew point, pressure, visibility, as well as comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.
Detailed weather forecast information includes: description, day and night air temperature, wind direction and force, humidity, UV index, probability of precipitation, and comfort index with reference to current weather conditions.

• Chic 3D “home screen” with high-quality real-time image of the earth, atmosphere, the stars and the sun
• Weather Maps, include: Clouds Cover, Precipitation’s, Pressure, Wind and Temperature
• Current temperature on the icon badge
• Easily select different cities using the city carousel with national flags
• 15-day forecast chart with detailed daily weather conditions, independent day and night temperature charts
• 48-hour hourly forecast with detailed information with real-time changing of chart step
• Database of 80 000 cities with weather information, quick look-up and automatic detection of location
• Extended application setting for best application experience
• Current time and date for selected location
• Sunrise and sunset time, UI Index
• Multi Language support
• Share weather info use your Twitter account

Download Weather Now


Normally $0.99.

Once prosperous world long gone, exists only in the memory of people. Zombie occupied most of the territory, the only human life every day in fear and nightmares, struggling to prevent those brutal “walking corpses” invasion. Finally, they were crowded into a city with a strong wall of defense of the city, the zombies can not enter, they had to wander out of the rubble. In the case of the evolution of increasingly powerful zombies and city defenses weakened, the army is able to overcome Riley Cielo and zombies and protect this last territorial human beings? 1 key is water, two key gasoline, 3 keys are sulfuric acid, rational use of three substances.

Download Zomblaster

Prank Camera

Normally $0.99.

Put your photos of familiar people or things become special, or funny, or weird, everything is up to you to imagine.

Download Prank Camera

Compass Zen

Normally $7.99.

Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed.

The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you.

There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal.

All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market.

– True/ Magnetic North Compass
– Speedometer (in km/h or mph)
– GPS Altitude (in meters or feet)
– Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal)
– Elegant Minimalist Design
– Background Customization

Download Compass Zen


Normally $0.99.

“The most easy, quick and elegant way to browse my twitter history” – TheDev

TimeMachine for twitter brings your entire twitter timeline on your iPhone.
Choose a date on the calendar, search for a specific term or pick a random day: the choice is yours.
Share the old good times on your favourite social networks and enjoy remembering the past.

A special thanks to for providing the icons.

Download TimeMachine

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.