Apple announces App Store’s top apps and games of 2023: WhatsApp, JioCinema, BGMI, more

Apple has revealed year-end charts for the most popular apps and games on the App Store in more than 35 countries and territories. As a result, the iPhone maker has also announced the most downloaded apps and games in India in 2023. Unsurprisingly, WhatsApp has emerged as the top free iPhone app, while the DSLR Camera app, which offers users professional-grade camera controls, is the top paid iPhone app of the year. Earlier this month, Apple also revealed its 2023 App Store Awards winners.

2023 year end charts, which can be found on the App Store’s Today tab, includes the top Apple Arcade games as well as the top free and paid apps and games of the year. WhatsApp was the most downloaded free iPhone app of the year, followed by the usual suspects, Instagram and YouTube. Surprisingly, streaming platform JioCinema took the fourth position, beating Google, Snapchat and Google Pay.

Productivity-focused apps including PDF Scanner, Slow Shutter Cam, Forest: Focus for Productivity have emerged as the top downloaded paid apps on iPhone. In terms of gaming, Battlegrounds Mobile India, better known as BGMI, was the most downloaded free game on iPhone. On the other hand, Hitman Sniper was the highest paid game. Ludo King and Subway Surfers made the top three free iPhone games, while Minecraft and Real Flight Simulator made the top three list on the paid side.

On iPad, JioCinema was the most downloaded free app in 2023, while illustration app Procreate was the top paid app on Apple tablets. BGMI also emerged as the top free game on the iPad, while Minecraft is the most downloaded paid game. Apple Arcade, NBA 2K23 Arcade Edition, Asphalt 8: Airborne+ and Angry Birds Reloaded were the top three most downloaded games of the year.

Earlier this month, hiking and biking app AllTrails was crowned as the best app on iPhone for 2023. The App Store Awards also recognized apps like digital makeup sketch pad app Pret-a-Makeup and photo editing software Photomator for Apple devices. miHoYo’s latest RPG gacha title Honkai: Star Rails was named iPhone Game of the Year, while Souls-like action RPG Lies of the P emerged as Best Game on Mac.

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