It’s been an exciting year for Apple and its users — with groundbreaking news like a new iPad Pro, and a full version of Adobe Photoshop coming to the tablet in 2019 — and now that 2018 is coming to a close, it’s a good a time as any to look back on how far Apple has come.

When Apple’s App Store started out on July 10, 2008, it had a mere 500 apps. 10 years later, the store has expanded its repertoire to include an impressive collection of 2.2 million apps, earning iOS developers a total of over US$100 billion.

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In fact, the App Store is now the world’s largest app marketplace, supporting and being supported by 20 million Apple developers and 1.3 billion active Apple devices worldwide. It has seen over 180 billion downloads to date, and brings over 500 million weekly visitors, with ‘Games’ ranking as its most popular category and its top-grossing — along with, ‘Entertainment’.

There’s also been a burgeoning space for Augmented Reality (AR), with 3000 AR apps on the App Store, ever since Apple kicked things off with the iOS 11. And Swift, Apple’s general purpose programming language, is gaining traction fast, with over 350,000 apps on the App Store written with it.

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Just looking at those numbers’ gotten us curious about the top rankers out there — come on, with 2.2 million jostling for attention, the competition looks pretty stiff. So here’s a list of the iPhone and iPads’ most downloaded game and apps, not for the world but for Singapore.

After all, don’t we all know an Apple fan or two?

Most Downloaded iPhone Apps of 2018 – Singapore

The top paid iPhone app for 2018 is kirakira+, which — as its name suggests — adds a little extra bling to your photos and videos via camera filter. It seems to recognise light-emitting or reflective objects and puts on the glitz accordingly. Considering how we’re constantly whipping out our phone cameras nowadays, we suppose it isn’t too much of a surprise that this is on the top spot.

Coming in second is Forest – Stay focused, which gets you to ‘plant a (virtual) tree’ in-app, whenever you need to keep your attention on a task at hand. The tree dies if you close the app, so that’s… one way of keeping us off our phones, for those of us constantly feeling the need to pick up our mobiles and scroll through our social media feeds every ten minutes. The nice thing is that virtual coins spent on planting trees in-app will translate to real trees being planted in real life, because the developers have partnered with tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, for this endeavour.

Third on the list is Gudak Cam, which tries to mimic shooting on film. After shooting a set of 24 photos, users will have to wait 3 days for the photos to ‘develop’ before they’re able to take more. It’s kind of a cute work-around for the burden of choice technology has saddled us with, and we can see why people may enjoy the novelty.

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Check out the rest of the Top Ten apps below, both free and paid:

Rank Top Free iPhone Apps Rank Top Paid iPhone Apps
1 WhatsApp Messenger 1 kirakira+
2 YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream 2 Forest – Stay focused
3 Grab App 3 Gudak Cam
4 Facebook 4 TouchRetouch
5 Instagram 5 The Wonder Weeks
6 Messenger 6 Afterlight 2
7 Google Maps – Transit & Food 7 WatchChat for WhatsApp
8 Gmail – Email by Google 8 8mm Vintage Camera
9 GrabFood – Food Delivery App 9 Analog Paris
10 WeChat 10 ProCam 6
11 DBS PayLah! – Supports PayNow 11 AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
12 Spotify Music 12 Voice Recorder – HD Audio Recording & Playback
13 Carousell 13 Analog Seoul
14 Lazada 11.11 Biggest Sale 14 Halide Camera
15 TikTok-Global Video Community 15 PLOT
16 Google Maps – Transit & Food 16 Facetune
17 Google Chrome 17 CamToPlan PRO
18 Mobike – Smart Bike Sharing 18 NightCap Camera
19 Google Translate 19 FiLMiC Pro
20 Netflix 20 Slow Shutter Cam

Most Downloaded iPhone Games of 2018 – Singapore

Minecraft is this year’s top paid mobile game, and we’re pretty sure you know what Minecraft is, but in case you don’t, it’s a game where you build stuff with blocks. There’s also a survival mode you can toggle on, if you’re not playing just to build massive palaces or insanely detailed reimaginings of Midgar.

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Cytus II comes in second, and it’s a rhythm game with over 100 songs and nine playable characters.

Plague Inc is at number three, a real-time strategy game where players evolve a pathogen in an attempt to destroy the world, which… sounds like a perfect outlet for all our underlying nihilistic, misanthropic angst. We see the appeal.

You can take a look at the rest of the Top Ten free and paid games here:

Rank Top Free iPhone Games Rank Top Paid iPhone Games
1 PUBG MOBILE 1 Minecraft
2 Rules of Survival 2 Cytus II
3 Fortnite 3 Plague Inc.
4 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 4 Pocket Build
5 Helix Jump 5 Bloons TD 6
6 Word Link – Word Puzzle Game 6 Heads Up!
7 MapleStory M 7 Exploding Kittens
8 Hole.io 8 Pocket Aquarium!
9 Brawl Stars 9 Nexomon
10 Love Balls 10 Monument Valley 2
11 Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games 11 Street Fighter IV CE
12 Toon Blast 12 Cytus
13 Happy Glass 13 NBA 2K19
14 Candy Crush Saga 14 Geometry Dash
15 Knife Hit 15 Cat Quest
16 Hello Stars 16 Hitman Sniper
17 Cliffhanger – Chat Stories 17 Assassin’s Creed Identity
18 Pokémon GO 18 Florence
19 8 Ball Pool™ 19 Mini Metro
20 Choices: Stories You Play 20 Motorsport Manager Mobile 3
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Most Downloaded iPad Apps of 2018 – Singapore

ProCreate is the iPad Pro’s top paid app, and we can see why, looking at some of the amazing works artists have created on it. It seems like a pretty nifty tool for digital artists who want to do work on the go.

Next on the list is GoodNotes 4, and yes, that’s a note-taking app. But it does have some interesting features, like searchable handwritten notes and converting handwriting to text. We’re just slightly curious if that still works assuming our handwriting’s absolutely atrocious.

Notability comes right after, and… that’s another note-taking app, sharing similar search and handwriting-to-text functions. Evidently, we’re all getting the iPad for sketching and note-taking. We’ve got to put that screen to use, after all.

The rest of the top free and paid apps are listed here:

Rank Top Free iPad Apps Rank Top Paid iPad Apps
1 YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream 1 Procreate
2 Facebook 2 GoodNotes 4
3 Google Chrome 3 Notability
4 Netflix 4 Duet Display
5 The Calculator 5 MyScript Nebo
6 Messenger 6 GoodReader
7 Gmail – Email by Google 7 Affinity Photo
8 Google Drive 8 WinZip Pro: zip, unzip & rar
9 Toggle.sg 9 Book Creator for iPad
10 Microsoft Word 10 PDF Expert by Readdle
11 Spotify Music 11 Popplet
12 Microsoft Excel 12 Green Screen by Do Ink
13 Google Maps – Transit & Food 13 Noteshelf 2
14 Viu HD 14 Affinity Designer
15 Microsoft PowerPoint 15 Amaziograph
16 YouTube Kids 16 Notepad+ Pro
17 Lazada 11.11 Biggest Sale 17 LumaFusion
18 Skype for iPad 18 Explain Everything Whiteboard
19 Google 19 Pixelmator
20 Adobe Acrobat Reader 20 Toca Hair Salon 3

Most Downloaded iPad Games of 2018 – Singapore

Like the iPhone, Minecraft and Cytus II comes in as first and second for the iPad’s top paid games. Ranking third, however, is Geometry Dash, a fairly standard platforming game, where you collect coins and dodge obstacles to reach the finishing line.

And here are the rest of the top free and paid iPad games:

Rank Top Free iPad Apps Rank Top Paid iPad Apps
1 Rules of Survival 1 Minecraft
2 PUBG MOBILE 2 Cytus II
3 Fortnite 3 Geometry Dash
4 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 4 Monument Valley 2
5 ROBLOX 5 Football Manager Touch 2018
6 Love Balls 6 Bloons TD 6
7 Kick the Buddy 7 The Room: Old Sins
8 Bowmasters – Multiplayer Game 8 Old Man’s Journey
9 Hole.io 9 Plague Inc.
10 Helix Jump 10 Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition
11 Toon Blast 11 Terraria
12 Candy Crush Saga 12 The Game of Life
13 War Robots 13 LEGO Jurassic World
14 Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games 14 Iron Marines
15 Happy Glass 15 Pocket Build
16 Cooking Fever 16 Teen Titans Go! Figure
17 MapleStory M 17 Hidden Folks
18 Subway Surfers 18 Mini Metro
19 Piano Tiles 2 19 Infinite Flight
20 Plants vs. Zombies 2 20 Scribblenauts Unlimited


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JoYFQ is a Gryffindor who distracts herself from the pitfalls of capitalism and hegemonic representations by reading fanfiction. Has surprisingly good RNG luck in games. Probably just jinxed herself.