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Apple Shares Top 20 Most Downloaded Games and Apps of 2020

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Alongside picks for the top iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps and games of the year, Apple today shared charts featuring the Top Games of 2020 and the Top Apps of 2020, revealing the most popular free and paid apps and games during the year.


Among Us! was the top free game of 2020, followed by Call of Duty: Mobile, Roblox, and Subway Surfers. Ink Inc. Tattoo Drawing was the number four free app, while Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game earned the fifth spot. Mario Kart Tour also made the list, earning the 15th spot.

Minecraft was the top paid game of the year, followed by Plague Inc., Heads Up!, Monopoly, Bloons TD 6, Geometry Dash, and NBA 2K20. Many of these games are often at the top of the charts at the end of the year, with Minecraft and Plague Inc. long holding top spots.

Zoom was the top free app on iOS devices, followed by TikTok, Disney+, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Top paid apps included TouchRetouch for quickly removing clutter from photos, Procreate Pocket, Facetune, HotSchedules, and AutoSleep Sleep Tracker.

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Apple has sections in the Today center of the App Store where all of these apps can be downloaded for those interested.

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ian87w

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So many games in the list that put out misleading ads into other apps/games. I guess people are too gullible and just click these ads...
 
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btrach144

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Are they really pretending Fortnite doesn’t exist? I get not wanting to promote it, but surely it’s been in the top twenty, despite getting yanked, no?
Considering Tim Sweeny, Epic Games CEO, has tweeted Macrumors articles before, I kind of wonder if you're Tim Sweeny?

Because the game isn't in the App Store and hasn't been for what will be 6+ months by the end of the year.

People who fake injury and cry wolf don't get awards dude.
 
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Zoom was the top free app on iOS devices, followed by TikTok
That's not surprising at all.

With so many people stuck at home, it seemed like everyone and their moms were Zooming. And with the possibility of a ban on Tik Tok, people were probably rushing to get the app
 
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cmaus

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And yet, Zoom on iPadOS keeps turning off the camera video if you multitask or even accidentally invoke Control Center or Notification Center. Then, file sending/receiving is still not possible within the chat of an ongoing meeting. Not usable for us as a school.
Not to mention that Zoom would be destined to have fleshed out mouse-/trackpad support on iPad, but lacks in that regard, too.
Until those issues are addressed, we can’t choose an iPad over a MacBook for Zooming.
 
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acorntoy

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Lol rigged. Apples lying can’t admit the truth lol. Such a farce. See through the veil peoples

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This is so, so ridiculous that I don't even know what to say. AppStore has been a joke for a long long time. It used to present you with app in a way that made sense, you could easily find a useful app, as there were only a few, and that remained till today. Right now, the AppStore is a marketing disaster and users are only for supporting it financially. The Stories and promoted apps is so misleading, that will actually make you believe that what they promote is the best at the moment, but they simply omit really useful apps, because there is currently no deal with the developer. Who pays more for promotion wins. And the biggest jokes is when it comes to the famous "App we love", because I've seen many really badly designed or completely useless apps in this category. The only thing they truly love is profit, and as I user I don't even go to AppStore exploring what's new as I used to - because it doesn't make sense anymore. They will try to shove in your pocket whatever it's good for their pockets. 💩
 
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Alwis

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Can not agree more, the only way to find usefull Apps is a review e.g. in a magazine or on a web page. The times where I actually searched within the App Store ate long gone. And this is true for iOS and macOS.

One of the many things where I ask myself, if they are actually used by Apple employees...
 
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For game quality, you have to go with Genshin Impact. It's seriously an amazing game. A one time pay model would still be better than the resin/wish model, but the pay elements are really not bad at all. I haven't spent a dime and I've played at least 20-30 hours with still an insane amount of content not even touched yet.
 
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I really don’t get the point of “Among Us”. I’ve played it a few times with my girlfriend and her son. Can someone explain why it’s a fun a game?
 
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adamjackson

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Am I just stupid or is there no link to see the full list in this article? Every link is to a Macrumors page.

Here's the link - https://apps.apple.com/us/story/id1535572935

MacRumors, I know Google loves it when you guys link to your various roundups and category pages in articles but the reader just wants to read the story you're talking about when writing an article.

Of the links on this page, I see:
 
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For game quality, you have to go with Genshin Impact. It's seriously an amazing game. A one time pay model would still be better than the resin/wish model, but the pay elements are really not bad at all. I haven't spent a dime and I've played at least 20-30 hours with still an insane amount of content not even touched yet.

And yet no mention of Genshin Impact anywhere in MacRumors’ article... WTF? Am I missing something?

Seriously tho, this game is outrageously awesome. Hands down the best thing I’ve ever played in all my 38 years, I **** you not.
 
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This is so, so ridiculous that I don't even know what to say. AppStore has been a joke for a long long time. It used to present you with app in a way that made sense, you could easily find a useful app, as there were only a few, and that remained till today. Right now, the AppStore is a marketing disaster and users are only for supporting it financially. The Stories and promoted apps is so misleading, that will actually make you believe that what they promote is the best at the moment, but they simply omit really useful apps, because there is currently no deal with the developer. Who pays more for promotion wins. And the biggest jokes is when it comes to the famous "App we love", because I've seen many really badly designed or completely useless apps in this category. The only thing they truly love is profit, and as I user I don't even go to AppStore exploring what's new as I used to - because it doesn't make sense anymore. They will try to shove in your pocket whatever it's good for their pockets. 💩
ok boomer.
 
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So it now appears that most of the "top rated" arcade games require a subscription to play. Are people actually paying $4.95 a month to play Frogger?
 
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Most the apps on the top 20 (most downloaded) list I don’t even use. When I do want to find a good app, I don’t have a problem searching the store. It’s not a problem for me to ignore their app marketing hype layout and suggestions.
 
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Apple has been holding millions of kids hostage who haven’t been able to play Fortnite with their friends because of greed, Apple has more money than God does yet they won’t put the popular game on the App Store all because of Tim Cook who doesn’t care about the kids. Cook is an evil man.
 
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ian87w

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I really don’t get the point of “Among Us”. I’ve played it a few times with my girlfriend and her son. Can someone explain why it’s a fun a game?
It's fun when you have more than 8 people playing with friends. Less than that, and it's not fun at all. You better play something else.
 
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I really don’t get the point of “Among Us”. I’ve played it a few times with my girlfriend and her son. Can someone explain why it’s a fun a game?

It's fun when you have more than 8 people playing with friends. Less than that, and it's not fun at all. You better play something else.
Yeah, I play with a steady group of 7-10 friends centered around a couple I know in real life, with Discord voice chat instead of typing, and it’s a fun social activity to do while hanging out with friends and laughing at alternating devious cleverness and resounding blundering. Playing with random internet strangers, by contrast, spunds stressful and unfun.
 
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Eweie

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Apple has been holding millions of kids hostage who haven’t been able to play Fortnite with their friends because of greed, Apple has more money than God does yet they won’t put the popular game on the App Store all because of Tim Cook who doesn’t care about the kids. Cook is an evil man.
lmao you people are absolutely deranged.
 
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