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2012 is drawing to a close, and among the bunch of round-up posts we’re going to be seeing throughout the blogosphere, Apple has piped up prematurely with its annual Best Of list. Every year, the Cupertino company hand-picks its favorite apps of the year alongside the bestsellers, and with hundreds of thousands of new entries every year, it can be easy to miss some of the very best. Here, we run through each and every one.

Incidentally, two of our own favorite releases make up the top two in Apple’s picks. Rayman Jungle Run, which costs $2.99 over at the App Store, takes Apple’s Game of the Year award, while the free-to-play marvel that is Letterpress takes second spot. As enjoyable and nostalgia-probing Rayman Jungle Run was, Letterpress has us all completely hooked, and if we had to pick between the two, we’d probably vote Letterpress as our favorite release of the past twelve months.

App Store best of 2012

But they aren’t the only two great releases of the year, and as ever, there’s a diverse, eclectic mixture of different apps on the lists.

Top Free iPhone Apps

  1. Youtube
  2. Instagram
  3. Draw Something
  4. Flashlight
  5. Facebook
  6. Pandora Radio
  7. Temple Run
  8. Pinterest
  9. Twitter
  10. Skype

Top Paid iPhone Apps

  1. Angry Birds Space
  2. WhatsApp Messenger
  3. Draw Something
  4. Camera+
  5. Where’s My Water?
  6. Angry Birds Star Wars
  7. Fruit Ninja
  8. Angry Birds
  9. Bejeweled
  10. TETRIS

Top Free iPad Apps

  1. Skype for iPad
  2. Temple Run
  3. Facebook
  4. Netflix
  5. The Weather Channel For iPad
  6. Draw Something Free
  7. Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks
  8. Pandora Radio
  9. Angry Birds HD
  10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

Top Paid iPad Apps

  1. Angry Birds Space HD
  2. Where’s My Water
  3. Pages
  4. Draw Something
  5. Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive
  6. Sync
  7. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
  8. iPhoto
  9. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  10. Where’s My Perry?
  11. Words With Friends HD

iPhone Game of the Year

  1. Rayman Jungle Run
  2. Letterpress

iPhone App of the Year

  1. Action Movie FX
  2. Figure

iPad Game of the Year

  1. The Room
  2. Waking Mars

iPad App for the Year

  1. Paper by FiftyThree
  2. Action Movie FX

Impressively, Action Movie FX makes the top two for both iPhone and iPad, and if you’ve managed to use it at one point or another, you’ll understand exactly why it’s so reputable. Like its description suggests, you can turn your boring videos into cinematics, and with pretty much every user giving it a five-star rating, I’m glad it has been given the recognition it so thoroughly deserves.

iTunes Best of 2012

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