Managed to snag yourself a new iPhone 5s, iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina Display as a holiday gift? Congratulations! Apple’s (AAPL) iOS mobile devices are top-notch. And while Google’s (GOOG) Android wins in terms of market share and Google Play is now the world’s largest app store, software developers know that Apple store apps make money.
Although Android devices downloaded 75% of all apps in the most recent quarter, Apple apps collected more than half of all app revenue. That’s because independent developers and big software publishers like Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision (ATVI) still tend to release apps on iTunes first before offering a version on Google Play. Even though there are fewer iOS users out there, iPhone and iPad users aren’t as fragmented a market as Android (where there are thousands of different devices from dozens of manufacturers).
But more revenue means that, while publishers may still offer free Apple apps, there are also a lot that cost money.
The good news for you is that iOS publishers traditionally hold an app sale during the holidays, so you can fill your new iPhone 5s or iPad Air with the coolest apps at big savings — like the popular Angry Birds Star Wars II, for a limited time being offered among the free Apple apps.
There are thousands of reduced price offerings in the Apple app store right now, but here is our list of a few top apps that are discounted … and perfect for your new AAPL device.