Apple: Games, Social And Video Dominate Top Apps Lists

Apple Best of 2013Like everyone else Apple has released its year-end top lists. Below are the top iOS apps, including top free and top paid apps for both the iPhone and iPad.

The lists are a mix of “incumbents” and “insurgents.” Pandora remains in the top 10 (12 on the iPad list) and YouTube was number two on both free lists. The paid lists were all about games.

On the top free iPhone list, social apps were clustered in the middle, with Twitter’s Vine at number four and Twitter itself at 13. Google Maps, which saw a surge of downloads after it became available earlier this year, wound up at number five for the year.

Yesterday Nielsen released its top smartphone apps of the year list (combined Android and iPhone). It reflects something fairly different vs. Apple’s lists.

Nielsen is reporting total US smartphone audience reach while Apple is exposing top apps/downloads on iOS only. Nielsen shows Facebook as the top overall smartphone app and Google as the publisher with the most apps in the top 10. Below are Apple’s top lists.

Top free iPhone apps:

  1. Candy Crush Saga (also the top grossing app)
  2. YouTube
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Vine
  5. Google Maps
  6. Snapchat
  7. Instagram
  8. Facebook
  9. Pandora Radio
  10. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  11. Flashlight
  12. 4 pics 1 word
  13. Twitter
  14. Subway Surfers
  15. Facebook Messenger

Top paid iPhone apps:

  1. Minecraft
  2. Heads Up!
  3. Temple Run: Oz
  4. Angry Birds Star Wars
  5. Plague Inc.
  6. Afterlight
  7. Free Music Download Pro
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
  10. Plants vs. Zombies
  11. Camera Plus
  12. Fruit Ninja
  13. Scrabblenauts Remix
  14. Tetris
  15. Wipeout

Top free iPad apps:

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. YouTube
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Calculator for iPad Free
  5. Skype for iPad
  6. Netflix
  7. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  8. Facebook
  9. The Weather Channel
  10. Subway Surfers
  11. Kindle
  12. Pandora
  13. Chrome (Google)
  14. Gmail
  15. Real Racing 3

Top paid iPad apps:

  1. Minecraft
  2. Temple Run: Oz
  3. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  4. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
  5. Notability
  6. Angry Birds Star Wars II
  7. Bad Piggies HD
  8. Survivalcraft
  9. Toca Hair Salon 2
  10. Photon Flash Player for iPad
  11. Scrabblenauts Remix
  12. Doc McStuffins
  13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  14. Words with Friends HD
  15. Where’s My Water

Related Topics: Apple | Apple: iOS | Apple: iPad | Apple: iPhone | Channel: Mobile Marketing | Marketing Land’s 2013 Digital Marketing Year In Review | Statistics | Statistics: Mobile Marketing | Statistics: Popularity & Usage | Top News


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