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Sometimes, you download an iPhone app on a lark and it becomes your obsession for the next week. On rarer occasions, you download an app and realize you’ve discovered a lifelong digital companion.
More often than not, however, all of these apps cost money. Which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to cobble together a roundup of 5 iOS apps that are free for a limited time only.
Please note that while the following apps are free as of the time of this writing, the deals may end at any given moment. Notice: Be sure to check whether the apps are marked “free” before you download them, if you don’t want to be charged.
Without further ado, here are five nifty free apps that may enrich your iPhone:
You may have given up dreams of becoming a world-class painter when your elementary school art class didn’t pan out, but this app is the next best thing. PaintMee uses an art generation algorithm to turn any photo into a high-resolution impressionistic oil painting, which is created before your eyes, stroke by animated stroke. The application churns out unique results every time, even if you use the same photo.
PaintMee normally costs $1.99 and is available here.
ACDSee Camera Pro helps you unlock the full power of your iPhone camera, especially if you don’t have an iPhone 8 Plus. Its features let you precisely control exposure, focus and white balance and even allows you to write captured photos in DNG format, lossless TIFF or PNG format, and one of three JPEG quality settings. ACDSee Camera also comes with a variety of shutter speed settings, selfie mode, 24 effect filters, and more.
ACDSee Camera Pro normally costs $4.99 and is available here.
Dramatic Ellipsis stickers enliven your text convos by adding a tinge of melodrama, comic book-style. The stickers feature dramatic interludes, exclamations, and other dramatic phrases commonly found in your favorite graphic novels. They can even be superimposed over photos to instantly turn them into comic book panels.
Dramatic Ellipsis usually retails for $0.99 and can be downloaded here.
4. Weather Now
Weather Now is a slick meteorology app that features stunning real-time images of the earth, sun, stars, and atmosphere. You can scroll through an array of 80,000 cities worldwide using a carousel of national flags to find the local weather anywhere. Weather Now provides 48 hour and 15 day forecasts, a customized weather widget, and features a “home page” with a realistic spinning globe animation that you can manipulate with your fingers.
It’s normally $3.99 and available here for download on iTunes.
5. We Maps
We Maps is a straightforward navigation app that incorporates Google Maps and Street View. It features auto-navigation from your current location, simple location searches, real-time traffic data, multiple pins, and other features that you can view using full screen.
It’s normally $6.99 but available free for a limited time.