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Apple has just revealed the best apps of the year (Image: APPLE)

The best and most popular apps of 2021 have just been revealed by Apple and if you’re looking for something new to download on your iPhone, Mac or iPad then it’s worth checking out this list of top picks. Apple says that this year’s winners include developers from around the world whose apps and games were selected by its global App Store editorial team for delivering exceptional quality, innovative technology, creative design, and positive cultural impact.

Grabbing the gong for best iPhone app was Toca Life World game from the team at Toca Boca whilst video editing software LumaFusion has been awarded best iPad App of the Year.

Those with a Mac might like to try out Craft which lets you build and edit documents across devices – this app won best Mac app of the year.

Other apps selected by the panel include Carrot Weather which won Apple Watch App of the Year and Space Marshals 3 which was handed Apple TV Game of the Year.

“The developers who won App Store Awards in 2021 harnessed their own drive and vision to deliver the best apps and games of the year — sparking the creativity and passion of millions of users around the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “From self-taught indie coders to inspiring leaders building global businesses, these standout developers innovated with Apple technology, with many helping to foster the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year.”

Toca Life World

Toca Life World won best iPhone app of the year (Image: TOCA BOCA)

Here are all the winners of the best apps of 2021

iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, from Toca Boca.

iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, from LumaTouch.

Mac App of the Year: Craft, from Luki Labs Limited.

Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN, from DAZN Group.

Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr.

iPhone Game of the Year: “League of Legends: Wild Rift,” from Riot Games.

iPad Game of the Year: “MARVEL Future Revolution,” from Netmarble Corporation.

Mac Game of the Year: “Myst,” from Cyan.

Apple TV Game of the Year: “Space Marshals 3,” from Pixelbite.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantasian,” from Mistwalker.


LumaFusion took the gong for best iPad app of the year (Image: LUMA)

Along with those winners, Apple has also revealed a full list of the most downloaded applications of 2021. Unsurprisingly, the NHS app took the top spot on iPhone with WhatsApp and TikTok just behind.

On iPad is Zoom that got downloaded the most throughout the year with Microsoft Teams and Netflix also appearing in the top 5.

Here are the most downloaded of 2021

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps:


WhatsApp Messenger



YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream

Microsoft Teams



Google Maps


Top Paid iPhone Apps:

Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit

Official DVSA Theory Test Kit

The Wonder Weeks

Procreate Pocket

CITB Op/Spec HS&E test 2019

Forest – Your Focus Motivation


Squeezy NHS Pelvic Floor App


Freya • Surge Timer

Among Us

Among Us (Image: Among Us)

Top Free iPhone Games:

Among Us!


Project Makeover

Water Sort Puzzle

High Heels!

Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D

8 Ball Pool™

Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

Shortcut Run

Subway Surfers

Top Paid iPhone Games:


Football Manager 2021 Mobile


Heads Up!

Bloons TD 6

Plague Inc.

The Chase: Ultimate Edition

My Child Lebensborn

Geometry Dash

Tipping Point


Disney is one of the top iPad apps (Image: Disney)

Top Free iPad Apps:

ZOOM Cloud Meetings

Microsoft Teams

YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream



Amazon Prime Video

Google Chrome

BBC iPlayer


Microsoft Word

Top Paid iPad Apps:


GoodNotes 5


Messaging for WhatsApp on iPad

Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit

Teach Your Monster to Read

Hit the Button Maths

Spelling Shed

Official DVSA Theory Test Kit

Toca Life: Hospital

Top Free iPad Games:

Among Us!


Phone Case DIY

Project Makeover

Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

Hair Challenge

Tiles Hop – EDM Rush

Blob Runner 3D

DOP 2: Delete One Part

Chat Master!

Top Paid iPad Games:



Bloons TD 6

Football Manager 2021 Touch

Football Manager 2021 Mobile

Plague Inc.

The Chase: Ultimate Edition

Geometry Dash

Stardew Valley

The Game of Life 2

Top Arcade Games:

Sonic Racing

Mini Motorways

Cut the Rope Remastered

Skate City

PAC-MAN Party Royale

NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition

Angry Birds Reloaded

SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit

Hot Lava

Sneaky Sasquatch

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