Apple this week released its “iTunes Best of 2012” list to highlight the most popular apps for its smartphones and tablets. It turns out when Apple took YouTube off the list of apps that came preloaded on iPhones in September, users weren’t dissuaded from downloading on their own the video-watching program made by Apple’s fierce mobile rival. The YouTube app, released ahead of the launch of iOS 6 in September, was named the top free app for iPhones in 2012. Starting with the “Editors’ Choice” picks for iPhone: The top game this year is Ubisoft’s Rayman Jungle Run, a side-scrolling game where you tap to jump and try to collect little flying golden creatures. The runner-up game is Letterpress, a word-building game by top designer Loren Brichter.
The top app is Bad Robot Interactive’s Action Movie FX, which lets users add special effects like explosions to movies. The runner-up iPhone app is Figure, an app from Propellerhead Software for making music using drums, bass and synthesized music sounds. Apple has a number of picks for the best apps in different categories, like disruptive apps (which includes the likes of car-hailing service Uber and mobile payment app Square Wallet).
Cupertino also took the opportunity to pick single out some favorites, naming Action Movie FX its iPhone App of the Year and Rayman Jungle Run the iPhone game of the year. On the iPad side, Paper and The Room took top honors.
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
The rest of the rankings are for the most-downloaded apps on the App store. Here they are:
Top Free iPhone Apps:
1 YouTube Google, Inc.
2 Instagram, Burbn, inc.
3 Draw Something Free, OMGPOP, Inc.
4 Flashlight Ⓞ, iHandy Inc.
5 Facebook , Facebook, Inc.
6 Pandora Radio, Pandora Media, Inc.
7 Temple Run, Imangi Studios, LLC
8 Pinterest Pinterest, Inc.
9 Twitter, Twitter Inc.
10 Skype, Skype
Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1 Angry Birds Space, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2 WhatsApp Messenger, WhatsApp Inc.
3 Draw Something, OMGPOP, Inc.
4 Camera+ tap tap tap LLC
5 Where’s My Water? Walt Disney
6 Angry Birds Star Wars, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7 Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick
8 Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
9 Bejeweled, PopCap
10 TETRIS® Electronic Arts Inc.
Top Free iPad Apps:
1 Skype for iPad, Skype Communications S.a.r.l
2 Temple Run, Imangi Studios, LLC
3 Facebook, Facebook, Inc.
4 Netflix, Netflix, Inc.
5 The Weather Channel® for iPad, The Weather Channel
6 Draw Something Free, OMGPOP, Inc.
7 Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks, AMZN
8 Pandora Radio, Pandora Media Inc.
9 Angry Birds HD Free, Rovio Entertainment
10 Calculator Pro for iPad Free, MYW Productions
Top Paid iPad Apps:
1 Angry Birds Space HD, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2 Where’s My Water? Walt Disney
3 Pages, Apple Inc.
4 Draw Something, OMGPOP, Inc.
5 Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive
Sync Ginger Labs, Inc.
6 Angry Birds Star Wars HD, Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7 iPhoto Apple Inc.
8 Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang AB
9 Where’s My Perry? Walt Disney
10 Words With Friends HD Zynga Mobile