Apple lists top apps of 2012

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By Scott Reyburn Comments

Apple released its annual “Best of” App Store feature which lists the top free, paid and grossing iPhone and iPad apps of 2012 as well as its picks for best game and non-game app of the year for both iOS devices.Apple new featured image logo 225x225

Apple chose Action Movie FX (our review), an app by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive studio that allows users to add “Hollywood FX” to their videos, as the non-game iPhone app of the year. Paper, a drawing and notebook app by FiftyThree, was selected as the non-game iPad app of 2012. The best iPhone game of the year was Ubisoft’s Rayman Jungle Run (you can read our review here). Fireproof Games developed The Room was the best iPad game of the year, a puzzler with a mystery twist. Despite all four of these apps being selected by Apple as the best apps of the year, none of them appeared in the iPhone or iPad top 20 free, paid or grossing apps charts.

Here are the top 10 free, paid, and grossing apps, for iPhone and iPad:

iPhone Top Free

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

iPhone Top 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
  • 10. Tetris

iPhone Top Grossing

  • 1. Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North
  • 2. Slotmania
  • 3. Pokey by Zynga
  • 4. DragonVale
  • 5. Pandora
  • 6. Rage of Bahamut
  • 7. Bejeweled Blitz
  • 8. Clash of Clans
  • 9. CSR Racing
  • 10. The Simpsons: Tapped Out

iPad Top Free

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

iPad Top 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

iPad Top Grossing

  • 1. DragonVale
  • 2. Slotmania HD
  • 3. Comics
  • 4. Pages
  • 5. Quickoffice Pro HD
  • 6. Slotmania
  • 7. Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North
  • 8. Modern War
  • 9. Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure HD
  • 10. Clash of Clans

To no one’s surprise, 15 of the 20 apps on both the top grossing charts for iPhone and iPad were game apps, a trend that has been reflected in our weekly AppData charts for the top grossing iOS apps.