updated 12:10 pm EST, Thu December 9, 2010
Flipboard, Osmos among leading titles
As part of its annual iTunes Rewind promotion, which highlights content on the iTunes Store, Apple is featuring four iOS apps in particular as award winners. The two iPhone apps are the tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies, and Hipstamatic, which emulates some of the unintentional artistic effects of old film cameras. The featured iPad apps include "social magazine" Flipboard, and Osmos, an indie game meant as much for relaxation as play.
In reality the four apps are taken from new "hot trends" categories, such as "Shoot, Edit, Share," "Hardcore Games" and "New News." Some other categories include Generative Art, Fun for Foodies and Mobile Office. The trends are distinct from bestseller lists Apple has published.
The top paid iPhone app of 2010 was Angry Birds, while the top free app was Facebook. Equivalent iPad categories were dominated by Apple, with Pages ruling the paid realm and iBooks controlling free apps. In terms of actual gross, though, MLB At Bat 2010 took in the most money for an iPhone app at an in-season price of $15. Pages raked in the most cash for an iPad app, and faced competition only from Apple's other iWork software.