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As it has done for a few years now, Apple on Monday released its annual holiday season giveaway app in the iOS App Store, but this year U.S. customers are being included in the promotion as well.

12 Days


Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app has become somewhat of a tradition for iOS, with users offered free downloadable content from the day after Christmas into the new year.

In previous years, Apple limited the promotion to Europe and Canada, though for 2013, the company is bringing the app and freebies to the U.S. The program runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6, with each day bringing a free downloadable song, app, book, movie and more. Every offer is valid for only 24 hours and some content may not be available in all areas.

This is Apple's second digital holiday promotion, the first being the "Holiday Cheer" playlist, which consists of eight free Christmas songs available for download via the Apple Store app.

12 Days of Gifts is a free 64.7MB download from the App Store.
post #2 of 34
Well, USA doesn't really celebrate the 12 days of Xmas.

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Have to have iOS7... meh.

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Merry Christmas to all!!!

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Wow! Available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish... and that's just for the U.S. market!
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Anyone know what could possibly make an app like this, which is basically just a link to the iTunes Store, need to be nearly 65MB. It appears to have an info page, receives Notifications, and sends you a reminder. Maybe it plays a different Carol each day?

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I'm Canadian and had this for a while... anyways its basically free downloads of stuff that you would never download anyway. Then you have a dilemma of getting it just because its free but not getting it since you don't really like it. Its not a big deal. Ideally, they should just make it one free download of anything of your choice.
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@dennyc2013 with a demographic containng hundreds of millions of users, getting 12 apps that everyone would appreciate is difficult. I count on hoping that 1 or 2 might be interesting to me, and typically there's a game that provides some free amusement for a couple of hours, and something for the kids (last year were some great Toy Story shorts which are still being watched now). It's free, and it's a gift - allowing us to choose our own would a) create all sorts of developer and payment issues (not to mention confusion over likely price caps etc), and b) smacks of entitlement which we don't have.
post #9 of 34
Very cool - I'll have to check it out. Apples getting into the spirit of Christmas!
post #10 of 34
@rochford Easy, 10 language localizations times 3 regions times 3 device types times 2 resolutions of launch screens.

If you're an app dev, you know my pain.
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Wow, way to rip off Microsoft's promotion Apple...even ripped off the name...just wow....
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What's with all the entitled asshats in this thread bitching about free apps?
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Originally Posted by Azzras View Post
Wow, way to rip off Microsoft's promotion Apple...even ripped off the name...just wow....

 

Just shut up.

 

Originally Posted by nht View Post
What's with all the entitled asshats in this thread bitching about free apps?
 

Are you familiar with the entitlement generation?

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Are you familiar with the entitlement generation?

Baby boomers? Yah.
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Wow, way to rip off Microsoft's promotion Apple...even ripped off the name...just wow....

  • Apple has been doing this for a while.. (At least three years now)
  • Both of them are copying the 12 days of Christmas (More like the song than the tradition or religious period).
  • Microsoft's event is the 12 days of deals.
  • Apple is giving away free digital content
  • Microsoft is having a sale
  • Don't be silly, you were not being sarcastic, just clueless


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Originally Posted by nht View Post
Baby boomers? Yah.

 

Oh, not them. :lol:

Originally posted by Marvin

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Have to have iOS7... meh.

Have to see people whine about free stuff ... meh.

Just say no to MacMall.  They don't honor their promotions and won't respond to customer inquiries.  There are better retailers out there.
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Wow, way to rip off Microsoft's promotion Apple...even ripped off the name...just wow....

According to your time stamp "

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1 hour, 15 minutes ago"
 
you've been expired for an hour.
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Wow, way to rip off Microsoft's promotion Apple...even ripped off the name...just wow....

???
12 Days of Gifts ≠ 12 Days of Deals
post #20 of 34
Does anyone know why is this happening to me?

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Anyone know what could possibly make an app like this, which is basically just a link to the iTunes Store, need to be nearly 65MB. It appears to have an info page, receives Notifications, and sends you a reminder. Maybe it plays a different Carol each day?

Well, it does have a dynamic wallpaper....

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I really wish Apple would stop insulting all of us non-believers who believe that giving things for free centered around Christmas is offensive and is pushing stuff on us.  It's pushy and religious and intolerant and unfair.  Instead, I recommend Apple give 13 things for free centered around a randomly formulated non-hindu-arabic numbering system and a neutral non-gregorian calendar system.

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I really wish Apple would stop insulting all of us non-believers who believe that giving things for free centered around Christmas is offensive and is pushing stuff on us.  It's pushy and religious and intolerant and unfair.  Instead, I recommend Apple give 13 things for free centered around a randomly formulated non-hindu-arabic numbering system and a neutral non-gregorian calendar system.

Please understand that most of the people celebrate christmass on 25th of December or 7th of January. And in between there is new years eve. I kinda understand your frustration but I dont find how they insult you or anyone else ? Its democracy... You may vote for person X but eventualy person Y becomes elected does that mean that your government or whoever run for election is insulting you ? No !

 

At least be happy you get something for FREE

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"Anyone know what could possibly make an app like this, which is basically just a link to the iTunes Store, need to be nearly 65MB. It appears to have an info page, receives Notifications, and sends you a reminder. Maybe it plays a different Carol each day?"

For the NSA tracking software.
post #25 of 34

The 12 days of Christmas are the days between Christmas day (December 25) and Epiphany (January 6). These are correspondingly the days celebrating the birth of Jesus and the visit of the three Magi bearing gifts. Hence the reason many people give gifts during Christmas time. Many people in the US incorrectly believe the 12 days of Christmas are the days before Christmas.

 

As far as insulting, I do not see how this could be insulting. Using this logic a christian person should be very insulted by seeing a muslin woman on the street wearing a Hijab. Or an atheist being insulted by seeing a church on the street...

 

Basically, non-believers are riding a wave of benefits since you are getting something for free or a discounted price due to Christmas sales. You can vote with your dollars and not participate. Believers would probably argue that Christmas has been too commercialized, so it is nice to see Apple participating in the spirit of Christmas giving.

 

Merry Christmas!

post #26 of 34
FWIW you don't need the app. Just check out iTunes each day. Is that so hard?

p.s. Looking forward to the 12 days of bitching and complaining.
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@dennyc2013 with a demographic containng hundreds of millions of users, getting 12 apps that everyone would appreciate is difficult. I count on hoping that 1 or 2 might be interesting to me, and typically there's a game that provides some free amusement for a couple of hours, and something for the kids (last year were some great Toy Story shorts which are still being watched now). It's free, and it's a gift - allowing us to choose our own would a) create all sorts of developer and payment issues (not to mention confusion over likely price caps etc), and b) smacks of entitlement which we don't have.

Apple can just survey the developers to see who wants to participate the program and developers may also limit the number of "free" copies to give out.  And Apple can display a special page for people to choose their own likes.  Every day is different for 12 days.  That'll be more interesting.

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Originally Posted by drewys808 View Post
 

I really wish Apple would stop insulting all of us non-believers who believe that giving things for free centered around Christmas is offensive and is pushing stuff on us.  It's pushy and religious and intolerant and unfair.  Instead, I recommend Apple give 13 things for free centered around a randomly formulated non-hindu-arabic numbering system and a neutral non-gregorian calendar system.


I think you forgot to add the "/s" after your post. Some people might think you're serious.

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Originally Posted by VisualZone View Post
p.s. Looking forward to the 12 days of bitching and complaining.

 

On the 12th day before launch, competitors gave to AI:

12 trolls a’ trolling,

11 new sock puppets,

10 Chinese sweatshops,

9 accusations,

8 FUD-filled posts,

7 cries of ‘fanboy’,

6 mock-ed patents,

5 paid shills!

4 false concerns,

3 FRAND complaints,

2 anecdotes,

And “Steve Jobs would never have done that…”

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I think you forgot to add the "/s" after your post. Some people might think you're serious.

But I was serious!  /s

;)

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Available in India as well now! The Indian iTunes store is now 1 year old. My iTunes Match subscription just got renewed late last month!
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Have to see people whine about free stuff ... meh.


Not whining, just know that they didn't need to make it JUST for iOS7...

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Problem is you looking at this as Apple just giving out free stuff.  It's not about that.  Their number one focus is to push the growth of iOS7.  This is a tool to get people who are on the fence about updating to say "What the heck.  If I update now I get some cool freebies."    Apple gains because things like iBeacons and other things become activated and "grow" the network.

 

You may not like iOS 7 and that's fine, the cool thing is you can stay on whatever version you have.  Just don't complain when Apple (and the extremely high percentage of iOS devices) are focused on the current version of the operating system.

Just say no to MacMall.  They don't honor their promotions and won't respond to customer inquiries.  There are better retailers out there.
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