February 1, 2013

9to5Mac has once again scoured the App Store for all the latest app launches, price drops, noteworthy news, and updates, and we have compiled everything in a roundup below. Check it out, but keep coming back as we continually refresh the list throughout the day.

News

1. Need for Speed Most Wanted | $4.99 IGN partnered with EA to give complimentary copies of Need for Speed Most Wanted on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Just visit IGN’s website for a promo code, or check out the press release for more details. (Note: A few readers said the website is not retrieving promo codes for them, but it is working fine for 9to5Mac. We emailed IGN to alert them of the reports).

2. Get Stuff Done The second week of Apple’s “Get Stuff Done” promotion on the Mac App Store is now live. The new collection features productivity apps, such as MindNode Pro and Gemini, with huge price cuts, where as last week’s promotion featured task management apps like Clear and Things.

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More apps and updates below.

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There have been many rumors this year about what upgrades Apple will include in its anticipated annual iPhone refresh. Most agree Apple will move to release two iPhones, but there is some debate about what those phones will be.

Rumor has it that Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone that will do away with the current iPhone design and instead use a new plastic case with a curved back similar to previous iPods. Despite being a less expensive device, that could make things even trickier for Apple to impress with an iPhone 5S upgrade that is largely expected to retain the “old” design of the currently shipping iPhone 5. The devices from competitors are making things even more difficult for Apple’s expected “S” upgrade. Rumors of a 4.8-inch iPhone prototype that recently surfaced don’t seem likely for the next iPhone, but that hasn’t stopped mainstream media and analysts from reporting that Apple is losing out on iPhone sales as consumers opt for larger screen devices. However, that might now be the case, at least not in the United States, with Strategy Analytics and NPD estimating Apple beat Samsung to become the No.1 phone vendor in Q4 2012. Will consumers want or expect a larger screen on the next iPhone, or will Apple’s usual minor refresh suffice?

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