YouTube Tops Apple’s 2012 Top Free iPhone Apps Chart

By Megan O'Neill 

As the end of the year approaches, Apple has released its AppStore Best of 2012, a list of the year’s top sellers, notable trends and editors’ picks.  On the paid front, Angry Birds Space took the number one spot for the best selling iPhone and iPad app of 2012.  Skype topped the charts on the free iPad apps chart, but on iPhone the most downloaded free app was Google’s YouTube app.

The official YouTube app launched back in September as a response to Apple dropping the built-in YouTube app from iOS 6.  It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the YouTube app has topped the 2012 free iPhone apps chart, considering that mobile video is on the rise and video lovers upgrading to iOS 6 no longer had a built-in option for viewing videos on the world’s most popular video site.

We’ll share the top 10 lists for free and paid iPhone and iPad apps below, but first, here are Apple’s Editors’ Choice picks:

iPhone App of the Year – Action Movie FX
iPhone Game of the Year – Rayman Jungle Run
iPad App of the Year – Paper by FiftyThree
iPad Game of the Year – The Room

iPhone Top Sellers – Free

1. YouTube
2. Instagram
3. Draw Something Free
4. Flashlight
5. Facebook
6. Pandora Radio
7. Temple Run
8. Pinterest
9. Twitter
10. Skype

iPhone Top Sellers – Paid

1. Angry Birds Space
2. WhatsApp Messenger
3. Draw Something
4. Camera+
5. Where’s My Water?
6. Angry Birds Star Wars
7. Fruit Ninja
8. Angry Birds
9. Bejeweled

iPad Top Sellers – Free

1. Skype for iPad
2. Temple Run
3. Facebook
4. Netflix
5. The Weather Channel for iPad
6. Draw Something Free
7. Kindle
8. Pandora Radio
9. Angry Birds HD Free
10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

iPad Top Sellers – Paid

1. Angry Birds Space HD
2. Where’s My Water
3. Pages
4. Draw Something
5. Notability
6. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
7. iPhoto
8. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
9. Where’s My Perry?
10. Words With Friends HD

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.