Apple’s “Best of the App Store” winners for 2020

The last time I checked, I have an insane 131 apps on my iPhone. (Note to self: Time for a cull.) The whole app ecosystem is a multi-multi-multi-billion dollar business, one that involves developers around the planet. Apple understands this and wants to acknowledge the best apps of 2020.

Best Apps of 2020

  • iPhone App of the Year: Wakeout!, developed by Andres Canella.
  • iPad App of the Year: Zoom.
  • Mac App of the Year: Fantastical, developed by Flexibits. 
  • Apple TV App of the Year: Disney+
  • Apple Watch App of the Year: Endel.

Best Games of 2020

  • iPhone Game of the Year: “Genshin Impact,” from miHoYo.
  • iPad Game of the Year: “Legends of Runeterra,” from Riot Games.
  • Mac Game of the Year: “Disco Elysium,” from ZA/UM.
  • Apple TV Game of the Year: “Dandara Trials of Fear,” from Raw Fury.
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Sneaky Sasquatch,” from RAC7. 🇨🇦

App Trends of 2020

  • App Trend of the Year: Shine, for helping users practice self care.
  • App Trend of the Year: Caribu, for connecting families to loved ones.
  • App Trend of the Year: “Pokémon GO,” for reinventing the way we play, from Niantic.
  • App Trend of the Year: ShareTheMeal, for helping users make a difference.
  • App Trend of the Year: Explain Everything Whiteboard, for helping bring remote classrooms to life.

Now let’s move to Canada:

Top Free iPhone Apps

  1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  2. TikTok
  3. Disney+
  4. Instagram
  5. YouTube
  6. Messenger
  7. Microsoft Teams
  8. COVID Alert 🇨🇦
  9. WhatsApp Messenger
  10. Facebook

Top Paid iPhone Apps

  1. TouchRetouch
  2. Procreate Pocket
  3. AutoSleep Track Sleep
  4. The Wonder Weeks
  5. Forest — Stay focused
  6. Facetune
  7. Sky Guide
  8. Go Snowmobiling Ontario 2019 🇨🇦
  9. SkyView
  10. iMotoneige 🇨🇦

Top Free iPhone Games

  1. Among Us!
  2. Brain Out
  3. Call of Duty: Mobile
  4. Subway Surfers
  5. Woodturning 3D
  6. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
  7. Roblox
  8. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Games
  9. Ink Inc. — Tattoo Drawing
  10. Mario Kart Tour

Top Paid iPhone Games

  1. Minecraft
  2. Plague Inc.
  3. Heads Up! — Trivia on the go
  4. Monopoly
  5. Bloons TD 6
  6. Geometry Dash
  7. True Skate
  8. The Game of Life
  9. Stardew Valley
  10. NBA 2K20

Top Free iPad Apps

  1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  2. Disney+
  3. Netflix
  4. YouTube
  5. Google Chrome
  6. Amazon Prime Video
  7. TikTok
  8. Microsoft Teams
  9. Messenger
  10. Google Meet

Top Paid iPad Apps

  1. Procreate
  2. GoodNotes 5
  3. Notability
  4. Duet Display
  5. Teach Your Monster
  6. LumaFusion
  7. Affinity Designer
  8. Toca Life: Neighborhood
  9. Affinity Photo
  10. Toca Life: Hospital

Top Free iPad Games

  1. Among Us!
  2. Roblox
  3. Brain Out
  4. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  5. Ink Inc. — Tattoo Drawing
  6. Fishdom
  7. Homescapes
  8. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
  9. Dancing Road: Color Ball Run!
  10. Save The Girl!

Top Paid iPad Games

  1. Minecraft
  2. Plague Inc.
  3. Bloons TD 6
  4. Geometry Dash
  5. Monopoly
  6. Stardew Valley
  7. The Game of Life
  8. Terraria
  9. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  10. The House of Da Vinci 2

Top Apple Arcade Games

  1. Sonic Racing
  2. Skate City 🇨🇦
  3. PAC-MAN Party Royale
  4. Hot Lava 🇨🇦
  5. Sneaky Sasquatch 🇨🇦
  6. Oceanhorn 2
  7. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
  9. LEGO Brawls
  10. Outlanders

Apple Podcasts Show of the Year 2020 (Canada — CA):

The Hopeful

Apple Podcasts Biggest Shows of 2020 (CA)

  • Call Her Daddy
  • The Daily (The New York Times)
  • Spittin’ Chiclets
  • Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
  • Canadian True Crime
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Unlocking Us
  • This American Life
  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
  • Uncover (CBC Podcasts)

Apple Podcasts Biggest New Shows of 2020 (CA)

  • Unlocking Us
  • Smartless
  • Sofia with an F
  • Rabbit Hole (The New York Times)
  • Chasing Cosby
  • Nice White Parents
  • The Don Cherry’s Grapevine
  • The Dating Game Killer
  • Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction (CNN)
  • Dying for Sex

Apple Podcasts Our Favourites this year (CA)

  • Hustled
  • Notes from the Frontline
  • This is Not a Drake Podcast (CBC Podcasts)
  • Cityline Real on Race
  • Recall : How to Start a Revolution (CBC Podcasts)
  • History of the 90s
  • Jay de Temple Discute
  • We Are Not the Virus
  • Unreserved (CBC Podcasts)
  • More with Anna Marie (CBC Podcasts)
  • Parkdale Haunt
  • Avec son Sam

Apple Books: Best books of the year 


  • Seven, Farzana Doctor
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • They Said This Would Be Fun, Eternity Martis 
  • Rage, Bob Woodward
  • Ridgerunner, Gil Adamson
  • Long Bright River, Liz Moore
  • The Roommate, Rosie Danan
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse 
  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Eric Walters
  • Little Stranger, Fred Caron 


  • Consent, Vanessa Springora
  • Em, Kim Thùy  
  • Comment devenir antiraciste, Ibram X. Kendi
  • La Source, Félix Séguin, Éric Thibault  
  • Civiére 41, Catherine Cloutier-Charette  
  • Brasiers, Marc Menard
  • La vie rêvée des chaussettes orphelines, Marie Vareille
  • La Mort ou la gloire, Nicholas Eames, Olivier Debernard
  • Deux fleurs en hiver, Delphine Pessin
  • Petit étrange, Fred Caron

Apple Books: Best audiobooks of the year (CA) 


  • Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  • Humankind, Rutger Bregman
  • The Skin We’re In, Desmond Cole
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • The Sub-Tweet, Vivek Shraya
  • Missing from the Village, Justin Ling
  • Fair Warning, Michael Connelly
  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown, Talia Hibbert
  • Hench, Natalie Zine Walschots
  • More Myself, Alicia Keys


  • Méditer pour être heureux
  • Quiproquos, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Canot Western. Laurette Laurin
  • Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  • La bête intégrale, David Goudreault
  • Mafia, Inc, Andre Cedilot 
  • Ghetto X, Patrice Robitaille 
  • Pauline Marois, Élyse-Andrée Héroux  
  • Hunger Games – La Ballade du serpent et de l’oiseau chanteur, Suzanne Collins
  • La mort immortell, Liu Cixin

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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