Apple shares top iOS apps downloaded in 2014 including Minecraft, Facebook Messenger and more

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Leading up to the end of 2014, and the inexorable arrival of 2015, Apple has decided to share the top downloaded iOS apps of the year.

On Tuesday, December 23, Apple shared a series of lists that tally the most downloaded apps from the App Store for iOS, with highlights of the Top Paid for iPad, Top Free for iPad, and the Top Paid and Top Free for iPhone. Each list has plenty of common elements, including Minecraft – Pocket Edition, and of course names like Facebook and YouTube appear as well.

For the iPad, the top free app downloaded from the App Store was YouTube, with Netflix showing up in a close second. Calculator for iPad Free was in third place, with Skype for iPad and Microsoft Word filling out the Top 5. The rest of the list breaks down like this:

  • 1. YouTube
  • 2. Netflix
  • 3. Calculator for iPad Free
  • 4. Skype for iPad
  • 5. Microsoft Word
  • 6. Facebook Messenger
  • 7. Facebook
  • 8. Candy Crush Saga
  • 9. Chrome
  • 10. Clash of Clans

The most downloaded paid apps for the iPad include plenty of games, including Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Cut the Rope 2, and Heads Up! filling the Top 3. The Room Two and Survivalcraft rounded out the Top 5, with the rest of the list as follows:

  • 1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  • 2. Cut the Rope 2
  • 3. Heads Up!
  • 4. The Room Two
  • 5. Survivalcraft
  • 6. Notability
  • 7. Terraria
  • 8. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  • 9. Hide N Seek : Mini Game With Worldwide Multiplayer
  • 10. Card Wars – Adventure Time

As far as the iPhone goes, the most downloaded apps for the smartphone in the free category include Facebook Messenger at the top of the list, Snapchat at the number two spot, and YouTube in the third place. Facebook and Instagram fill in the final Top 5 ranks.

  • 1. Facebook Messenger
  • 2. Snapchat
  • 3. YouTube
  • 4. Facebook
  • 5. Instagram
  • 6. Pandora Radio
  • 7. Google Maps
  • 8. Flipagram
  • 9. Spotify Music
  • 10. 2048

And, finally, the most downloaded paid apps for the iPhone include the party game Heads Up!, and Minecraft – Pocket Edition taking the second place spot. After light managed to grab third place, with Plague, Inc. taking the fourth slot. Sleep Cycle Alarm clock finalizes the Top 5.

  • 1. Heads Up!
  • 2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  • 3. Afterlight
  • 4. Plague Inc.
  • 5. Sleep Cycle alarm clock
  • 6. Facetune
  • 7. Cut the Rope 2
  • 8. Bloons TD 5
  • 9. A Dark Room
  • 10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge

The list is pretty straightforward, with the most popular apps taking the top spots without much of a surprise. How many of the apps listed above did you download and keep, versus download and eventually delete?

[via Apple]