Apple has released its free 12 Days of Gifts app today — although it’s an annual release from apple, this will be the first year U.S. customers have access to the app. The app will allow users to download a free gift each day from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. Those gifts could include “songs, apps, books, movies, and more.” Each gift will only be available for 24 hours.
The Animal Alphabet Singers ($4) from Think Smart teaches children the alphabet through hand-drawn animated animals. Four separate learning modes teach kids the alphabet in different ways. Developers of the app include people who have worked on Sesame Street, Avenue Q, Between the Lions, and other popular productions. The app seems very basic at first glance, with relatively flat hand-drawn artwork, but the audio portion is stronger and actually pretty charming. Young children will like the funny ways the animals talk and sing letters.
Tipitap’s Drawing Together! ($3), not to be confused with another popular app, lets users draw, paint, and color collaboratively over the Internet during a free live voice call—or via a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connection in the same home. Both users see the same drawing and background in real time. The thinking behind the app is that it’s not always easy to get children to talk on the phone, but they’ll gladly draw and color while communicating. Hangman and tic-tac-toe are also included for live interactive gaming.
FIFA has released its own FIFA Official App (free). The app promises coverage of 197 leagues across the globe, with World Match Centre featuring live scores and stats. Of course, FIFA’s app has plenty of information on the upcoming World Cup, including data for each team competing in next year’s event. Updated FIFA rankings, news, and more are also featured in the app.