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Are these Apple’s ‘Best of 2020’ apps and games? We are surprised!

Apple just showed us what the top charts looked like their app store as they just revealed their ‘Best of 2020’ list.

Don’t we all love these ‘year in review’ lists? The top searched, top listened, top watched, the list goes on. But Apple just showed us what was the ‘most downloaded’ and ‘most trending’ apps and games on their App Store. While some were expected as we indulged in them, others were surprising. Apple celebrated 15 of the amazing apps and games that inspired the world in 2020. We’ve split the lists in terms of awarded, app, game and platform. Take a look.

Apple App Store’s ‘Best of 2020’ awards

  • iPhone App of the Year: Wakeout
  • iPhone Game of the Year: Genshin Impact
  • iPad App of the Year: Zoom
  • iPad Game of the Year: Legends of Runeterra
  • Mac App of the Year: Fantastical
  • Mac Game of the Year: Disco Elysium
  • Apple TV App of the Year: Disney Plus
  • Apple TV Game of the Year: Dandara: Trials of Fear
  • Apple Watch App of the Year: Endel
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Sneaky Sasquatch
  • App Trend of the Year: Shine for helping users practice self care
  • App Trend of the Year: Explain Everything Whiteboard for helping bring remote classrooms to life
  • App Trend of the Year: Caribu for connecting families to loved ones
  • App Trend of the Year: Pokémon Go for reinventing the way we play
  • App Trend of the Year: ShareTheMeal for helping users make a difference

Think about it, in a year where we stayed home for a majority of our time, our usage would simply be binary – work and play. We didn’t expect it but it’s understandable why Zoom would top the charts this year. TikTok too, it had some disputes and lost a major chunk of their global markets but still turned into the #1 Social Media App of the year.

Best of 2020

Top 10 free iPhone apps in India

  1. Amazon India – Shop and Pay
  2. AarogyaSetu
  3. Zoom
  4. WhatsApp Messenger
  5. YouTube
  6. Instagram
  7. Google Pay
  8. Facebook
  9. MX Player
  10. Messenger

Top 10 paid iPhone apps in India

  1. Sticker Babai: Telugu Stickers
  2. DSLR Camera
  3. Forest – Stay focused
  4. Voice Recorder – Audio Record
  5. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  6. Spectre Camera
  7. Procreate Pocket
  8. TouchRetouch
  9. Vehicle Registration Info

We’ve said this before but we’ll say this again “Gaming has boomed in 2020”. It was the year to channel your inner gamer and of course, we’d turn to our smartphones first before any other console or platform. Among Us, we tried, we loved it, we still play it, it’s a thinking man’s game and a great way to connect millennials over some lightweight fun. Call of Duty claimed the throne from PUBG. Notice all those annoying ads during games, turns out their chart-topping games. Important to add that streaming plays a huge role in gaming today. The growth of games like Getting Over It, Minecraft, Among Us, COD and many more, all stemmed from there.

Best of 2020

Top 10 free iPhone games in India

  1. Ludo King
  2. Call of Duty: Mobile
  3. Among Us!
  4. Garena Free Fire: BOOYAH Day
  5. Subway Surfers
  6. Save the Girl!
  7. Asphalt 9: Legends
  8. Brain Out
  9. My Talking Tom Friends
  10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

Top 10 paid iPhone games in India

  1. Monopoly
  2. Hitman Sniper
  3. Minecraft
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. RFS – Real Flight Simulator
  6. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  8. Heads Up! Best Charades game
  9. Assassin’s Creed Identity
  10. Getting Over It

Hero & Featured image courtesy: Apple.

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Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.