The Apple logo Is Pictured Inside The Newly Opened Omotesando Apple Store
The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo in this file photo taken June 26, 2014. Reuters/YUYA SHINO

Recently, Apple announced the most downloaded and popular iOS apps of 2014 in the U.S. The best iOS apps of 2014 have been divided on the basis of downloads on iPhone and iPad. The list is further divided into three categories such as paid, free and top grossing.

The list of the most downloaded apps released by Apple clearly indicates that games dominate in all the categories. However, other well-known apps like Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were seen present in the list for best free apps for iPhone and iPad.

Here is a low down on the top 5 from all the categories:

Top 5 Paid Apps For iPhone

  1. Heads Up!
  2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
  3. Afterlight
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Sleep Cycle alarm clock

Top 5 Free Apps For iPhone

  1. Facebook Messenger
  2. Snapchat
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook
  5. Instagram

Top 5 Grossing Apps For iPhone

  1. Clash of Clans
  2. Candy Crush Saga
  3. Game of War - Fire Age
  4. Pandora Radio
  5. Big Fish Casino

Top 5 Paid Apps For iPad

  1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
  2. Cut the Rope 2
  3. Heads Up!
  4. The Room Two
  5. Survivalcraft

Top 5 Free Apps For iPad

  1. YouTube
  2. Netflix
  3. Calculator for iPad Free
  4. Skype for iPad
  5. Microsoft Word

Top 5 Grossing Apps For iPad

  1. Clash of Clans
  2. Game of War - Fire Age
  3. DoubleDown Casino
  4. Candy Crush Saga
  5. Candy Crush Soda Saga

After the arrival of iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the market share of iOS has reached 40 percent or higher in various markets like Australia, U.S, and UK, states Apple Insider. Across Europe, it managed to gain nearly 6 percent market share compared to the year ago quarter while the market share of other mobile platforms like Android and Windows Phone have decreased.

In Australia too, the iOS market share has risen from last year's record 29 percent to 40.4 percent in the recent quarter. In the U.S., the iOS market share has reached 40.5 percent.

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