Apple announces best iPhone, iPad apps and games of 2012

Apple announces best iPhone, iPad apps and games of 2012
Apple has just announced its own selection for the best apps of the year for the iPad and iPhone, and we’ve got some surprising winners.

iPhone app of the year was probably the most disputed category and there Apple unexpectedly awarded it to Action Movie FX, a video editing app that enhancing your footage with special effects like missile attacks and falling rocks. Figure, an app for creating music was the runner up.

Rayman Jungle Run grabbed the best iPhone game of the year award, and the platformer definitely deserves it - it also grabbed the top spot on our own ranking for best mobile games in September when it was released.

Letterpress, the vocabulary battle app came in second.

For iPad, Paper by 53 snatched the best app award, and this comes as no surprise. The waterpainting app is a piece of art itself, but it also allows you to really use your tablet for creating amazing drawings.

For games, it was The Room, an iPad game that also comes a bit as a surprise at least to us. It is a pretty decent puzzle game, with awesome graphics and animations, set in a mystery game environment, but not more than that.

While you may not agree with the winners (some of them seem strange to us as well), Apple has a much wider selection of applications and editor’s pick that is definitely worth a second look, so head on to iTunes and see what the company that curates the whole iOS app business thinks is best.

source: iTunes



7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

action movie fx is too good.........i just love it

5. anshul0000 unregistered

n where is apple maps? apple=loser

2. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

100% ok with paper by 53. very useful app

1. MeoCao unregistered

Best iPhone app of the year is Google Maps no doubt. But Apple is just too embarrassed to admit.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why draw attention to your failure? Apple will never admit they failed and had to beg Google to rescue them.

6. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

yes. google begs to apple for approved their google maps

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

Ha! Good one.

9. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Ha! Good one from u as well Victor! u always proving to be inclined towards ANYTHING bashing google and supporting apple...

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Definitely agree, the writers are getting a bit tiring. Why ban members and give warnings yet encourage trolling? very very good one Victor, lol

8. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

google maps were released yesterday.........and those 4 apps/games apps are too good, especially the action movie fx plus, google maps were always there on the iphone, the new app just bought a few extra features(all the features that google provides on the android version, but a google employee claims that its better than the android version, but both the apps are basically the same)

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 915; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Your telling me action movie fx is better than google maps? .. The difference was that it was a native app so does not apply and those "extra features" are a huge improvement on what was there before and even apple maps. Especially since it can actually get you where you want to go. It was too late to be in the running but by far the best app of the year in ios.

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

google maps is not a 2012 was available from 2012, that's what i am trying to say even here maps is there in the app store, there were many good maps from the other brands as well and even the google search with google now like features was really good but these two things are replacements for siri and older google maps.....action movie fx is something that is much different from all this basic stuff, it can do things that seem to be impossible with any phone/tablet

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

i mean, its available from 2007

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 915; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Bottom line and end of discussion its the first time google maps in its true form as we experience it was finally released as an app in IOS. You can't compare that with an app that let you put explosions and stupid fx in your homemade videos so you can upload more stuff that no one wants to see to facebook and youtube. There is absolutely no comparison.

15. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Even google said that the google maps app on iOS is better tha. The one on android......maybe it would be the best app of 2013....let action movie fx take the crown for This's still the best app in its category

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless