Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

Summary: Apple's out with its top apps of 2011. Although the big winners are Instagram, Tiny Tower, Snapseed and Dead Space, Apple's posted its top 5 apps in each of 20 categories. Get downloading!

SHARE:

Apple released its list of the best iOS apps and games for 2011 yesterday. The App Store Rewind (available on in iTunes, natch) is a subset of annual Apple's iTunes Rewind feature, which includes Apple's top picks in the categories of music, movies, TV shows, App Store, Books and Podcasts.

But let's just focus on the App Store for a minute.

Apple made its app picks in 20 categories ranging from books to weather, and chose the top five apps in each category. This year Apple did it a little differently than in years past, separating iPhone and iPad apps.

The big winners are the App of the Year awards, which were distributed in four categories:

  • iPhone App of the Year
  • iPhone Game of the Year
  • iPad App of the Year
  • iPad Game of the Year

Drum roll please...

iPhone App and Game of the Year 2011 - Jason O'Grady

  • iPhone App of the Year - Instagram (App Store, free) --  A free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.
  • iPhone Game of the Year - Tiny Tower (App Store, free) -- Build a tiny tower and manage the businesses and bitizens that inhabit it.

iPad App and Game of the Year 2011 - Jason O'Grady

  • iPad App of the Year - Snapseed (App Store, $4.99) -- Makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.
  • iPad Game of the Year - Dead Space for iPad (App Store, $4.99) -- 3D action shooter with hardcore gameplay, enhanced graphics, and a rich audio experience.

In addition to the big four apps above, Apple's chosen its top five apps in each of 20 categories, for a total of 100. If that wasn't enough, Apple has posted charts of the App Store's top 100 Free Apps and Paid Apps -- presumably by cumulative downloads:

Top 5 Free Apps:

  • Archery World Cup
  • Modern War
  • Very Hungry Cat
  • Bejeweled Blitz
  • Zombie Spaceship

Top 5 Paid Apps:

  1. Tetris
  2. Angry Birds Seasons
  3. Angry Birds
  4. Bejeweled
  5. Batman Arkham City

Too bad that Google released its free Currents app too late in the year to be included. This Flipboard killer is bound to land on the iOS free apps lists in 2012.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility, Smartphones

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

6 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Say Huh?

    Not sure how they choose these.
    Other than Angry Birds and Bejelewed 2 I own none of these.
    Don't see getting any of them either.

    I can honestly say - wow; don't get it.
    rhonin
    • RE: Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

      @rhonin There is that holier than thou attitude...I don't own or want those so how could anybody think they were the best.
      non-biased
  • RE: Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

    Did I just read that right.. iPad app of the year and high-quality photo in the same sentence? B**** plz.. May work well for imported photos but the camera sucks in the iPad.
    vahnx
  • RE: Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

    I really don't understand the emphasis on "photobooth" apps. No one I know uses ANY of them. No one I know KNOWS anyone who uses them. And yet they keep popping up on "best of" and "most popular" lists. Sure seems like the "Best" app for an iOS device should really be something other than one of these fairly useless utilities.
    csteinola
  • RE: Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

    As so often happens, I checked out Currents and Apple told me to eff off, this free app is not available for 'purchase' with a New Zealand Apple ID. Can anyone suggest how I create a fake US ID for downloading free apps.
    Kiwiiano
  • RE: Apple picks its top iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

    i think iphone going to done a apps blast for their customers at this great event of 2012 and say well come 2012.



    [b][url http://www.examsheets.me/]ExamSheets[/url], [url http://www.examcram.me/]Exam Cram[/url], [url http://www.actualexams.me/]ActualExams[/url], [url http://www.certkiller.me/]Cert Killer[/url], [url http://www.testkiller.me/]Test Killer[/url][/b]
    itexamstube