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Free iPad, iPhone apps worth getting today plus new iPad Air 2 leak

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Today's free iPad, iPhone apps start with “Godzilla: Strike Zone” as a new iPad Air 2 leak claims that Apple's upcoming iPad Air will get “Touch ID” plus other cutting-edge features, according to a May 6 report in Breathecast. “Touch ID” is the fingerprint sensor that lets users easily use their fingerprint as a passcode (rather than manually entering numbers).

The free iPad, iPhone app “Godzilla: Strike Zone” is an action-packed first-person adventure game where the player takes on the role of a paratrooper from a crack airborne unit. The goal of this unit is to jump into San Francisco, which is being terrorized by Godzilla, and rescue as many civilians as possible before they fall into Godzilla's clutches.

The leak that Apple will bring over “Touch ID” to the new iPad Air 2 now has more credibility thanks to the analysis by Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo has a credible track record in predicting Apple plans. “Touch ID," introduced in iPhone 5s, both replaces the manual passcode for security and easily authenticates anything a user purchases from “iTunes." “Touch ID” is so successful on iPhone 5s that many Apple observers believe that “Touch ID” will become the foundation of an Apple mobile payments platform.

Many different sources indicate that Apple includes health and fitness apps in iOS 8. If these sources are right, then Apple will probably include in iPad Air 2 a new version of the M7 motion processor that is currently in iPhone 5s. Other iPad Air 2 features probably will include an 8 MP rear camera to bring iPad Air 2 up to iPhone capability and an A8 processor chip to replace the A7 in the current iPad Air.

The free iPad, iPhone app “Flower Garden” (regularly $2.99) helps celebrate Mother's Day. In this free app users plant seeds, care for the growing plants, see the flowers bloom and then harvest those flowers to create stunning bouquets to send to family and friends. There are lots of different seeds ranging from “Cats” to “Winter's End” and some bloom quickly while others need tender attention for a few days.

Also, red-hot in downloads today is “Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix” (regularly $6.99). This currently free app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, is an adventure game about a woman who returns to her grandmother's estate and unravels a dark mystery. There are 32 different environments in this free iPad, iPhone app with 21 puzzles.

The free iPad, iPhone app “Atomic Frogs” (regularly 99 cents) is hot today in downloads too. Evil robots capture a now-toxic local water supply—which had been home to a group of mutated frogs—and the frogs now want it back. Your goal is to help the frogs win their battle against the robots.

“Godzilla: Strike Zone” is rated 12 or higher for violence. This free iPad, iPhone app, requires iOS 5.0 or later, is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and is iPhone 5 optimized.

“Flower Garden Free – Grow Flowers and Send Bouquets” supports Game Center and requires iOS 5.0 or higher. While this free app is iPhone 5 optimized, this app is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

“Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix HD” supports Game Center and is compatible with iPad. But there is also a free iPhone and iPod touch version available in the iPhone-only section of the App Store. Both versions of this free app require iOS 5.1.1 or later.

“Atomic Frogs” supports Game Center and requires iOS 4.3 or later. This free iPad, iPhone app, is compatible with iPod touch and is iPhone 5 optimized.