There's an App Store 'surprise' coming December 24 through December 29 [Updated]

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What you need to know

  • Apple plans a "surprise" starting Christmas Eve.
  • It's live in Australia.
  • This doesn't appear to be available worldwide.

Apple has teased a new "surprise" via its Australian App Store, with a promotion running December 24 through December 29 (via MacRumors).

Update: It turns out this special holiday surprise is not available worldwide. As of December 25, it is not available on the U.S. App Store. We'll update this again if we learn more details.

Australia is already into December 24 but at the time of writing, no information was available as to what the surprise is.

Tuesday's surprise isn't live yet, but it will be shortly! Make sure you come back soon to check it out.Have you seen today's goodies? Look for the unwrapped presents on the App Store's Today, Games, and Apps tabs.From December 24 to 29, you'll find a new surprise every day on the App Store. Come back daily to discover which treat we have waiting for you!

That would suggest that we can expect some sort of free giveaway, likely covering apps and games. Apple has a past of doing similar promotions during the holidays and Australian users will be the first to find out what this year's "surprise" will be.

Bring it on!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.