iOS Deals of the Day – Black Friday and Thanksgiving Weekend Edition [Updated]

Galaxy on Fire 2 now Free for iPhone and iPad

Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup for some of the most notable and recent freebies/price drops that are worth checking out this Black Friday and Thanksgiving Weekend. Besides a good number of games/apps you can pick up for free, loads are currently only $0.99, like Fieldrunners 2, The Amazing Spider-ManAvengers Initiative and more. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time. Happy Thanksgiving!

Update: New price drops and freebies have been added to the roundup (denoted by **)

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EA Mobile’s Thanksgiving Sale: 60+ Games up to 90% off

Like during every major holiday season, Electronic Arts has slashed prices on a bunch of their iOS games, many of which are now $0.99. FIFA SOCCER 13 is now at its lowest price point ever ($2.99) and their latest - Need for Speed™ Most Wanted has been discounted for the first time ($4.99). Some of the dollar deals include Plants vs. ZombiesReal Racing 2MONOPOLY for iPad and much more. No word on how long the sales will last, though it’s probably a safe bet that they’ll be good through the Thanksgiving weekend. The complete roundup of App Store links after the gap.

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MacMall’s 60 Hour Black Friday Sale

MacMall’s 60 Hour Black Friday Sale has begun, with price drops on not just iPads and Macbooks, but also bluetooth keyboards for the iPad, iPhone 5 cases/accessories, hard drives and other gadgets. Some of the notables include:

This sale ends Friday midnight PT, so head over the the MacMall Black Friday landing page to check out all the deals.

ZAGG’s iPad-an-Hour Giveaway is almost here [Update: Now Live]

The second annual iPad-an-Hour Giveaway bonanza by ZAGG is back. Same as last year, 24 iPads (this time the iPad 4 16GB Wifi model) will be given away throughout Black Friday.

Starting at 12:00 am MST on Black Friday, we’ll be giving away an iPad 4 every hour. 24 iPad 4s over 24 hours. Each hour is a new opportunity to enter the giveaway. So yes, you need to go to the giveaway page each hour and enter.

Entering the giveaway will be simple. To enter, just submit your email address. For additional entries, you can share on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. A Facebook share is worth two additional entries, a Twitter share is worth one additional entry, and a Pinterest share is worth one additional entry.

You can get a reminder by texting ‘hour’ to 53535 and ZAGG will text you each hour to remind you to enter. The contest starts in a few hours, so if you’re feeling lucky then, head over to the ZAGG Contest page to submit your entries. Good luck!

The Mac Utility Bundle: 5 apps for $59 (including Parallels 8)

Been patiently waiting for a price drop on Parallels 8? Well you’re in luck, because it’s part of the latest Mac bundle to hit the web this Thanksgiving season. With the Mac Utility Bundle, you get 5 apps for $59 – which is 75% off the total retail price. They include: Parallels 8, Snagit, MacOptimizer, Rubbernet and VirusBarrier. Normally Parallels 8 sells for $80 and it’s arguably the best utility for running Windows right from within Mac OS. Snagit’s another app I use heavily for capturing screenshots for TMA and other projects (it can also do video capturing), and this alone retails for $50. You have 7 days to take advantage of this great Mac Utility bundle, so head over to the Stacksocial page for the complete details.

And if you missed it earlier, the ProductivityMac bundle (9 apps for $29) is still on.

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A history of photography: from the first photo to Instagram [Infographic]

Photography sure has come a long way. From the first photo ever taken (which required an eight hour exposure) to the explosion of mobile photography, more and more users are relying on their cellphones to snap their pictures. The team behind Overgram (an app that lets its users add an assortment of text to their Instagram pics), have drummed up an infographic detailing its evolution. Some of the stats include: more than 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first photo, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday and photos make up 42% of all posts on Tumblr. Check out the full breakdown filled with stats, fancy charts and the like after the break.

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ORA turns your iPad into 8 Speaker Sound System

Watching movies on the iPad can be an enjoyable experience no doubt – just so long as you’re not relying on its terrible speakers. Even the ones on the iPad mini sound significantly better, thanks to the stereo speakers onboard. So how do you create the perfect accessory that makes the film sound great on-the-go AND not require you to carry around separate peripherals (i.e bluetooth speakers)? Enter ORA, a unique case that literally puts 8 speakers around your iPad, delivering 5 times the loudness you’re accustomed to hearing.

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Google putting finishing touches on iOS Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation

Good news for Google Maps advocates using iOS 6. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been field testing their long rumoured iOS Maps app and putting on the “finishing touches” prior to submitting it to Apple’s stringent approval process.

Google has distributed a test version of its new mapping app that will work on Apple’s iPhones and iPads to some individuals outside the company, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google has been putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for approval to the Apple iTunes store, this person said, though it is unclear exactly when that will happen.

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Apple mini Wifi + Cellular now available in the US

Two weeks after the launch of the iPad mini, the Wifi + Cellular models (LTE) have finally arrived in the US. Both Sprint and AT&T have officially announced that the LTE minis are now available on their 4G networks and can be purchased at select retail stores. Meanwhile, Verizon‘s iPad mini product page has gone live on their website. It is also believed that cellular iPad minis are available in Apple Stores and Best Buy stores across the country. With a data plan, the mini will provide the added convenience of allowing its users to go online even if there isn’t Wifi available. Personally, I’ve always just owned the Wifi models; if I need internet access, I simply turn on hotspot sharing on my iPhone. But if your carrier charges for tethering however, an iPad mini 4G certainly makes more sense. Prices for the iPad mini Wifi + Cellular are as follows: 16GB ($459), 32GB ($559) and 64GB ($659).

If you missed my thoughts on the mini, you can check it out here.