No, Apple hasn't listed todays 12 Days of Gifts offering for £12.99

There seems to be some confusion this morning over Apple's day two 12 Days of Gifts offering, so let's clear things up. No, Apple hasn't listed todays gift for £12.99 – or whatever it might equate to elsewhere – it is definitely listed for free. Yes, tapping view gift takes you to something priced at £12.99, but that isn't the gift.

Take a closer look at the image above, where "Kalahari" is clearly displayed, an episode from the BBC series "Africa". Tap on the same episode when you're sent to the iTunes Store and you'll see that it is indeed a free download. Apple's mistake isn't pricing their gift, Apple's mistake is not taking you directly to the episode that's free.

And that's all there is to it. Of course, you might be seeing a different gift to us British folk and wonder what all the fuss is about anyway, but there it is. No price slip, just not the best redirect we've ever seen.

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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iSRS says:

Same in US store, though the show is "Once Upon A Time" and the Episode is "Pilot" - the link takes you to the season one page.

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chrl98 says:

We have a free game "Tiny Thief" here in Hong Kong. How about you others, what app did you guys get for free?

zdn1042 says:

Same here in the PH AppStore.

Rahat Khan says:

Tiny thief is free in the US appstore. I don't understand. What's the point in giving something that's already free?

Firehand81 says:

Same for Finland... And I rather have game than single tv show episode :)

Gsarfin says:

I'd rather have the UK gift. Lol.

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DavidMcAfee42 says:

We have the same gift in Australia too (the Africa documentary).

Gsarfin says:

I think apple is just re gifting a bunch of crap!

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stephen007 says:

Yeah, I hate to complain but I tend to agree. In the US we have a TV pilot. TV _pilots_ should always be free. They are the first episode, that theoretically gets you to buy/watch the rest if the season.

I think the "gifting" app is really the "teaching those unfamiliar with buying apps, TV shows, music" app how to do it. It's a "tutorial" masked as freebies.

Gary Dauphin says:

Not only a pilot, but for a show that I stopped watching two seasons ago. No thanks, Apple!

rruk01 says:

Its just as well I like programmes like this as I clicked on the purchase before I could see what episode was for free, so I have gone and paid £12.99. Normally when an episode is offered for free it takes you directly to that episode and lists the other paid episodes below, but here you have to click three or four times before you get to the free episode, so it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of people end up complaining that they have indeed ended up paying for the whole series instead of just downloading the free episode.

phreddyl says:

maybe I am a complete idiot that clearly needs more coffee but I click on view gift and all I get is the once upon a time episode pilot and it brings me to the full season page- I do not see any other option to redirect it someplace else...

stephen007 says:

The gift varies by region. Richard is referring to Great Britain, the Queen's domain :-)

phreddyl says:

Yeah but I don't see any redirects to anything free

linsiris says:

to @phreddyl and anyone else having this issue.
1. Open the 12 days of gifts app
2. You will see "Day 2" Once upon a time episode 1 pilot (for US store)
3. Hit were it says "View gift". You'll be taken to the OUAT main page showing it costs $24.99, BELOW you'll see the Details/review/related. BELOW that, you'll see description and BELOW, you'll see "1. Pilot" HIT THERE it'll take you to the pilot and it is Free in HD or SD
4. You are welcome.

The mistake was Apple's, since they didn't post the direct link to the pilot...unless they wanted it that way, I also thought at first that they were charging.

steviet02 says:

The fact that someone needs to post about how to get the free gift because it's not really clear that its free says a lot. Something is broken in the way they are doling out the gifts.

erikbock says:

I was just looking at the gift and the App for (Once Upon a Time the pilot) is listed in the app for $24.99. When I click on it even going to the Pilot Episode is still listed for $24.99. I like the series but I am not going to take the chance that Apple will charge me $25 for it. Let's see what Day 3 brings.

joshrocker says:

The actual pilot episode should be listed as free. At least that's how it was showing up for me when I saw it this morning. The season and individual episodes should all be showing their regular price (with the exception of the "free" pilot).

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Rene Ritchie says:

Yup, Rovio's Tiny Thief in Canada as well.

linsiris says:

Same in the Colombian, Brazilian and Argentinian store

iGeneration4 says:

The app of "12 gifts" is more of a "here are the free things we have" this is getting stupid, 1 episode only, or one app already free and bad music. What else? I'm happy they are "gifting" stuff but the things they are gifting aren't very good. Just Saying.

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Linda Alli says:

As a US resident this is my first year getting to participate in this. So far Days 1 and 2 have been a disappointment. Hope it gets better.

babs1003 says:

Hey USA users, did anyone notice that Day 2 gift went from Once Upon A Time - Pilot Episode to a free game? Tiny Thief. I checked at 10pm (MST) last night and it was OUAT. I got a reminder/notification a few moments ago and for sh*ts and giggles I hit 'free' (to see if maybe Apple had sorted out the whole taking one to the whole season versus pilot episode... which btw, was offered for free about a year ago) and it took me to Tiny Thief instead. Just a friendly PSA. :)

djstarion says:

Yep same here. Thought I was going crazy or my App Store was set to the wrong country or something.

erikbock says:

My did just change to Tiny Thief.

kch50428 says:

I've been offered both OUAT and Tiny Thief today... neither of which I'm interested in at all... thanks anyway Apple... :)

erikbock says:

I would have taken the Pilot but I have no interest in the game

asuperstarr says:

I miss that gift. I'm sure they corrected the problem.

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tikishark says:

On the first day of Christmas Apple gave to me - a crappy Timberlake CD.

On the second day of Christmas Apple gave to me - a lousy episode from TV.

On the third day of Christmas Apple gave to me - a book that no one wants to read.

Okay - you get the hint. Why would Apple go through all this trouble to develop an app that doles out worthless gifts? I know free is free, but at least give us something worth downloading.

How disappointing.

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