Most Popular iPhone & iPad Apps for 2010

Dec 9, 2010 - 3 Comments

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Apple has revealed the most popular iPhone/iPod touch and iPad app downloads of 2010, and one thing that really jumps out is the shear number of games appearing in the top 10 lists. Here are they are, directly from iTunes:

Top 10 Paid Apps for iPhone / iPod touch

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Doodle Jump
  3. Skee-Ball
  4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
  5. Fruit Ninja
  6. Cut the Rope
  7. ALL-IN-1 GAMEBOX
  8. The Moron Test
  9. Plants vs. Zombies
  10. Pocket God

Top 10 Free Apps for iPhone / iPod touch

  1. Facebook
  2. Angry Birds Lite
  3. Words With Friends Free
  4. Skype
  5. Tap Tap Revenge 3
  6. The Weather Channel
  7. Paper Toss
  8. Bing
  9. ROCK BAND FREE
  10. Talking Tom Cat

Top 10 Grossing Apps for iPhone / iPod touch

  1. MLB.com At Bat 2010
  2. Angry Birds
  3. Call of Duty: Zombies
  4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
  5. FriendCaller 3 Pro
  6. Zombie Farm
  7. TomTom U.S.A.
  8. TETRIS
  9. Plants vs. Zombies
  10. Doodle Jump

The idea of the iPod touch and iPhone as a popular gaming device looks to be solidified considering that iOS hardware is on the most popular Christmas gift wish lists for kids this year. ArsTechnica pointed out a report earlier in the week that the iPod touch is outselling both the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, which makes it clear that iOS is going to become the dominant mobile gaming platform:

According to a new report by research firm Interpret, mobile phones are now responsible for about 44 percent of handheld gaming, up 53 percent over the last year. Use of a DS or PSP is down 13 percent over the same time period.

Ars later cites an analyst who makes an economic case for the success of iOS as a gaming platform, while the DS, PSP, and iPod touch are similar price points, the price structure of games are quite different; “Why would you pay $20 for Tetris when you can get it for $6.99 or $3.99 on iPod Touch?”

You’ll notice that the app distribution is different on the iPad however, with productivity apps taking a large piece of the popular pie:

Top 10 Paid Apps for iPad

  1. Pages
  2. GoodReader for iPad
  3. Numbers
  4. Angry Birds HD
  5. Keynote
  6. Glee Karaoke
  7. WolframAlpha
  8. Pinball HD
  9. Friendly for Facebook
  10. Star Walk for iPad

Top 10 Free Apps for iPad

  1. iBooks
  2. Pandora Radio
  3. Netflix
  4. Google Mobile App
  5. Solitaire
  6. Movies by Flixster
  7. IMDb Movies & TV
  8. Kindle
  9. Google Earth
  10. Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD

Top 10 Grossing Apps for iPad

  1. Pages
  2. Numbers
  3. Keynote
  4. LogMeIn Ignition
  5. SCRABBLE for iPad
  6. Documents To Go Premium
  7. Angry Birds HD
  8. Real Racing HD
  9. Plants vs. Zombies HD
  10. Proloquo2Go

I would guess why games are slightly less popular on the iPad is due to the higher price tag. Starting at $499, the iPad is naturally put into more adults hands, but thats’s not to suggest kids don’t want iPads since they are #3 on the Holiday wish lists this year.

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Posted by: Jeff Hurst in iPad, iPhone, iTunes

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  1. breakitdown says:

    iPod touch is gaming and music, aimed at kids

    iPhone is PDA replacement, phone, and time killer when sitting on a train/waiting/etc, aimed at working adults

    iPad is for simple consumption and media, which fits most non-techy user needs, aimed at everyone else

    Apple has all markets covered

  2. […] If you got an iPhone for Christmas, you can jailbreak it and turn the iPhone into a wireless hotspot, or check out the most popular iPhone and iPad apps for 2010. […]

  3. Catherin Casbarro says:

    Please make more puzzles 500+ pieces with pictures like “go often to the house of a friend..” Lots of fun detail to make into puzzle pieces.

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