Apps available to users of Apple products (i.e. iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.) exceeded 50 billion downloads in May, 2013, according to a press release provided by Apple, Inc. The 50-billionth app download was a game called Say the Same Thing developed by Space Inch LLC. That download brought with it a $10,000 app store gift card, won by a user from Mentor, Ohio. If a cash prize isn’t enough to get you excited about the app world, here’s a quick rundown of what’s popular right now. Maybe you’ll find something that sparks your interest and fills your downtime with fun or learning!
Top Paid and Free Apps
The most popular paid iPad apps on the market today, based on their download popularity as of June 2013, include the following: Whats App, a social networking app that costs $0.99; Disney’s Where’s My, a $0.99 game; Minecraft, a game priced at $6.99; Heads Up!, a game that costs $0.99; and Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, a $0.99 game. The top five free iPad apps were Despicable Me: Minion Rush; Escape If You Can; Candy Crush; What The Riddle?; and Monsters.
About the Top iPad Apps
What the top apps downloaded for use on the Apple iPad have in common, whether free or not, are their commercial appeal and availability in other platforms. Many of the top paid and free apps are games. In fact, the top five free apps for the iPad are games, including two adapted from new movie releases, one from Pixar/Disney (Monsters) and one from Universal Pictures (Despicable Me: Minion Rush). Lumosity Mobile is a brain-training and memory game created by neuroscientists for older iPad app users. It appears as the sixth-most-popular free app for the iPad.
Other Apps to Consider
Other great apps include those that can keep you connected to social media, such as the Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest apps. If you’re looking to have fun while exercising your brain, you might enjoy Words with Friends. There are also business apps that can help improve your career or hone your entrepreneurial skills. Here are some recommendations from CNET for apps to consider for your iPad (by category): Netflix (entertainment), which is free to download but requires a subscription for content; Hangouts (social networking); Flipboard (news); Waze (travel/navigation); Snapseed (photos); Candy Crush Saga or Dead Ahead (games); Paper (productivity); and Mailbox (E-mail/messaging), which currently only supports Gmail. You should check the iPad app store on your tablet from time to time to see which apps, both free and paid, are trending and may be of interest to you. You can choose from over 375,000 apps available to iPad users in The App Store.
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