Apple’s top apps of 2020 highlight what a weird year it’s been

2020: The year of video calling, home workouts and binge-watching.

In what is perhaps the understatement of the century, 2020 has been a pretty weird year. The country started out on fire, then you-know-what came and forced us inside for more than half the year, separated us from our families and friends, made us work from home and cancelled weddings, holidays and basically anything fun.

So, in a year unlike any most of us have ever experienced, it was always going to be interesting to see Apple’s end-of-year app roundup, and boy does it paint a picture of how we all managed to make it through to December.

Apple’s apps of the year

  • Best iPhone app: Wakeout!
  • Best iPad app: Zoom
  • Best Mac app: Fantastical
  • Best Apple TV app: Disney+
  • Best Apple Watch app: Endel

Apple’s games of the year

  • Best iPhone game: Genshin Impact
  • Best iPad game: Legends of Runeterra
  • Best Mac game: Disco Elysium
  • Best Apple TV game: Dandara Trials of Fear
  • Best Apple Arcade game: Sneaky Sasquatch

Apple’s trends of the year

  • Shine, for helping users practise self-care
  • Caribu, for connecting families to loved ones.
  • Pokémon GO, for reinventing the way we play.
  • ShareTheMeal, for helping users make a difference.
  • Explain Everything Whiteboard, for helping bring remote classrooms to life.

As for what was most popular, some of us binge-watched Disney Plus and binge-ate Uber Eats, others tried to stay in the loop with loved ones on Zoom and Houseparty, and a fair few doubled down on the end-of-the-world vibes with a few (hundred) games of Plague Inc. Hey, whatever works.

App Store top free apps 2020

  1. COVIDSafe
  2. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  3. TikTok
  4. Houseparty
  5. Instagram
  6. Coronavirus Australia
  7. Disney+
  8. WhatsApp Messenger
  9. Messenger
  10. YouTube
  11. Spotify
  12. Snapchat
  13. Facebook
  14. Netflix
  15. Gmail
  16. Google Maps
  17. Uber Eats
  18. mymacca’s
  19. Microsoft Teams
  20. Widgetsmith

covidsafe app

App Store top paid apps 2020

  1. WikiCamps Australia
  2. The Wonder Weeks
  3. Sezzy Timer
  4. Procreate Pocket
  5. TripView – Sydney & Melbourne
  6. TouchRetouch
  7. Forest – Stay focused
  8. Monash University FODMAP diet
  9. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  10. Rain Parrot
  11. Facetune
  12. Pocket Secure
  13. The Resilience Project
  14. VC Fires
  15. QLD Fires
  16. SkyView
  17. MusicView
  18. Mirror for Samsung Smart TV
  19. Shadowrocket
  20. Sky Guide

App Store top free games 2020

  1. Among Us!
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Brain Out
  4. Call of Duty: Mobile
  5. Woodturning 3D
  6. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
  7. Roblox
  8. Tangle Master 3D
  9. Fishdom
  10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  11. Ink Inc. – Tattoo Drawing
  12. Mario Kart Tour
  13. Cube Surfer!
  14. 8 Ball Pool
  15. Homescapes
  16. Park Master
  17. BitLife
  18. Draw Climber
  19. Gardenscapes
  20. UNO!

App Store top paid games 2020

  1. Minecraft
  2. Plague Inc.
  3. Monopoly
  4. Heads Up!
  5. Bloons TD 6
  6. True Skate
  7. Geometry Dash
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. Cluedo: The Official Edition
  10. Terraria
  11. Football Manager 2020 Mobile
  12. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  13. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  14. Farming Simulator 20
  15. Rebel Inc.
  16. NBA 2K20
  17. Pocked Build
  18. Stardew Valley
  19. Exploding Kittens
  20. Earn to Die 2