‘Indie App Santa’ returns, this yr providing 40 offers on free and discounted iPhone apps • TechCrunch
It’s essentially the most fantastic time of the yr…at no cost and discounted iPhone apps, that’s. Right here’s your reminder that right this moment marks the return of Indie App Santa, an initiative began to assist smaller app builders attain new audiences with out having to pay for costly App Retailer adverts. The occasion, which started in 2020, is now getting into its third yr, providing each a Twitter feed of offers in addition to an introduction calendar-style app of its personal the place iPhone customers can unlock one premium app both at no cost or for a large low cost daily.
The offers are beginning right this moment, Dec. 1, 2022 and can run via Jan. 10, 2023. It’s kind of like a month-long Black Friday occasion, however just for indie apps. Whereas usually TechCrunch doesn’t usually write about gross sales or promotions, this one is value trying out because it inevitably turns up some undiscovered gems and helps assist the indie app developer neighborhood.
This yr, the Indie App Santa occasion will function 40 offers throughout an expanded variety of classes, together with cellular video games. Whereas the names of the apps aren’t launched in an advance, Indie App Santa’s creator François Boulais tells us there’s at the least one app that received an Apple Design Award making an look this yr. He additionally notes that half the offers featured will likely be at no cost downloads of in any other case paid apps as an alternative of solely reductions.
Boulais credit two mates who assist him to run the occasion, back-end developer Jean Delasalle and front-end developer Thibault Saint-Germain.
Although builders who take part have to supply reductions to affix, they find yourself reaping the rewards in different methods. Past the preliminary surge of customers, the elevated publicity usually helps them to long-term loyal customers who additionally go away larger rankings and critiques. It additionally offers their app a lift within the App Retailer charts round one of many busiest instances of the yr for downloads — the vacations. And the apps that supply different in-app purchases have the flexibility to revenue from elevated gross sales within the days that comply with their deal’s itemizing.
As Luilux’s developer, Christian Lobach, remarked final yr, “I’ve spent more cash on Search Adverts campaigns with a lot worse consequence [sic].”
This yr’s occasion kicked off with right this moment’s launch of Posture Pal, a cellular app that cleverly makes use of the movement sensors in your AirPods that will help you enhance your neck, shoulder, and again posture with out the necessity for an extra monitoring gadget of some variety. As an alternative, the app tracks in case your neck tilts and sends an alert. Usually, the Professional subscription is $14.99, in response to its Indie App Santa itemizing, however customers right this moment can head into the app’s Settings and choose a Lifetime free plan.
Additional offers will likely be launched all through the weeks to come back, which you’ll observe on the @indieappsanta Twitter feed or by downloading its app. In the event you select the latter, you get the expertise of tapping on little festive home windows that confide in reveal the free or discounted app’s icon. You’ll be able to then faucet via to study extra in regards to the app and deal and set up the app in your iOS gadget. In the event you decide to assist this system via an in-app buy of $4.99, you’ll acquire entry to different options like push notifications to provide you with a warning to offers as quickly as they arrive, alternate app icons, and shortly, widgets. Many don’t essentially pay for the function set, nevertheless, they pay to assist this system itself — and the app allows you to enhance your donation, as nicely.