Apple Reveals Top App Downloads Of 2013


Okay, so December’s generally a fairly quiet news month, but that does mean that we get to look back and remember the year which preceded it.

Well, it seems Apple is getting similarly misty-eyed about the year that was 2013 (either that, or they want to gloat about the phenomenal success of the App Store this year) since the company has just released its annual “Best Of” list — revealing the top iPhone and iPad apps according to the numbers.

Specific figures aren’t included — but the stats themselves reveal a number of interesting tidbits, like the fact that we apparently use our iPads predominantly for gaming and gambling.

Candy Crush Saga was the year’s big success story: an impressive feat considering that it is a free app, whose entire revenue comes from in-app purchases.

Anyway, without further ado — here’s the full list of iPad and iPhone apps.

Top Free iPhone

1. Candy Crush Saga    
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 

Top Paid iPhone

1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition   
2. Heads Up!
3. Temple Run: Oz   
4. Angry Birds Star Wars
5. Plague Inc.
6. Afterlight
7. Free Music Download Pro – Mp3 Downloader
8. Bloons TD 5
9. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
10. Plants vs. Zombies 

Top Free iPad

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. iBooks
9. Facebook
10. The Weather Channel for iPad

Top Paid iPad

1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition 
2. Pages
3. Temple Run: Oz  
4. Plants vs. Zombies HD    
5. Angry Birds Star Wars HD    
6. Notability
7. Angry Birds Star Wars II    
8. iMovie
9. The Room
10. Bad Piggies HD

Top Grossing iPhone Apps

1. Candy Crush Saga    
2. Clash of Clans
3. Pandora Radio
4. MARVEL War of Heroes
5. Hay Day
6. Big Fish Casino
7. The Simpsons: Tapped Out
8. Modern War
9. Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North
10. The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth

Top Grossing iPad Apps

1. Candy Crush Saga    
2. Clash of Clans
3. Hay Day
4. DoubleDown Casino
5. Big Fish Casino
6. Modern War
7. Bingo Bash HD – Free Bingo Casino
8. The Simpsons: Tapped Out
9. Slotomania HD – FREE Slots
10. GSN Casino

  • Joshua Clare

    2013 – The year of Candy Crush. :(

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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