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MacStories Black Friday Guide: 150 Great iOS Apps [Update: Mac Apps, Gadgets]

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and that credit card already set up with your iTunes account, it's impossible to resist the temptation to grab all those discounted apps in the App Store. Indeed, great deals have surfaced this past week and we're also waiting for Apple to go public with its own Black Friday deals.

We don't think you should force yourself to not buy all those discounted apps and gadgets because you have to save money for the iPhone 5. No, there's time for that. We want to offer you a roundup of the best apps we think are currently discounted for Thanksgiving, great pieces of software we have reviewed in the past and you should go buy right now. We haven't listed any app in here, we have simply collected the ones we love.

So jump after the break, fire up iTunes and check out these amazing deals from the App Store.

First off, Readdle. The guys behind Readdle Docs and PDF Expert are having a Black Friday sale on all their apps and they're also giving away 3 iPads. Rules for entering the contest are available on Readdle's website. As for the apps:

iPhone apps

iPad apps

And here are the best apps for iPhone and iPad we found in the App Store. We reviewed many of them in the past, some not -- they're all great apps anyway.

iPhone & Universal Apps

iPad Apps

Update: now with even more apps!

iPhone & Universal


Update #2: yes, more apps.

iPhone & Universal


Update #3: Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here come more discounted apps from the App Store.

iPhone & Universal


Update #4: Apple has begun their Black Friday sale in Australia and New Zealand. It offers an average 10% discount on MacBooks, iPod Touches, iPads and accessories. The US sale hasn't been revealed yet. Meanwhile, here are other great gadget deals from around the web.

Oh, and Mac apps, too!

- Griffin: 10% discount on all products using the THANKYOU10 promo code

- TwelveSouth's BookArc for iPad is now available at $29.99, was $39.99

- Fusion of Ideas: StealthArmor full-body kits only $15

-MacMall is having a 60 Hour Black Friday Sale that ends tomorrow, at 11:59PM PT. Among the deals offered by MacMall:

Mac Apps

- Creaceed has announced a Black Friday promotion on all their Mac applications from Thursday 25th November to Tuesday 30th November 2010. Mac users can purchase a license for Prizmo, Hydra, Elasty and/or Morph Age at a 30% discount. All you have to do is to use coupon code "BlackFriday2010"

- Snippets app is now available at $19.97, was $39.95

- You can get 50% off all PopCap games

  • - ScreenFlow screencasting software – save 15% (use coupon code SFBLACKFRIDAY)
  • - Wirecast webcasting software - save 10% (use coupon code WCBLACKFRIDAY)
  • - DEVONtechnologies offers 25 a percent discount on software products from DEVONnote to DEVONagent and DEVONthink — including upgrades
  • - Upgrade to Parallels 6 for $39.99
  • - Use the code BF33DISPRO to get 33% off Freeway Pro for Mac
  • - Use BLACKFRIDAY coupon to get DaisyDisk for just $4.99 (75% off) with free upgrade to DaisyDisk 2

Update #5: More iOS and Mac apps. Seriously, those sales won't just end.

Update #6: Here comes the Black Friday, and more apps discounted today:

Mac Apps

iOS Apps

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