Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 16:16 | By Relaxnews

Top iOS apps of 2013: 'Candy Crush Saga,' 'Minecraft'

"Candy Crush Saga" was the US's top free app on iPhone and on iPad, while "Minecraft - Pocket Edition" was the top paid app on both formats.

Top iOS apps of 2013: 'Candy Crush Saga,' 'Minecraft'

Top iOS apps of 2013: 'Candy Crush Saga,' 'Minecraft'

Rounding out the top three free apps for both smartphone and tablet were the official YouTube app and "Temple Run 2."

Thereafter, more diversity was shown between iPhone and iPad users.

Vine, Google Maps, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pandora Radio and "Despicable Me: Minion Rush" comprised positions four to ten on iPhone.

iPad users, however, displayed different preferences, downloading Calculator for iPad Free, Skype for iPad, Netflix, "Despicable Me: Minion Rush," iBooks, Facebook, and The Weather Channel for iPad in that order.

And the presence of Microsoft's Skype app so high up the ranking might seem like an anomaly, given the existence of Apple's own free video chat service FaceTime, but previous trend analysis reports have indicated that traditional laptop users are fast migrating to the tablet form factor -- understandably, they'll want to bring their Skype contacts with them.

On the paid apps chart, "Temple Run: Oz," "Angry Birds Star Wars" and "Plants vs. Zombies" were the only apps to make both iPhone and iPad run downs.

iPhone users were more willing to pay up for the likes of "Heads Up!," "Plague Inc.," Afterlight and the Sleep Cycle alarm clock, while iPad users were shelling out for productivity apps like Pages, Notability, and iMovie.

Who made the most money this year? "Candy Crush Saga" developer King.com had its app at the peak of the two Top Grossing charts, while Supercell's "Clash of Clans" and "Hay Day" were also popular fixtures.

Other top grossers on both iPhone and iPad included "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" and "Big Fish Casino"; casino apps and slot machine apps were big earners on iPad, while Pandora Radio for iPhone was the only top grosser that wasn't a game.


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