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Apple reveals App Store Award winners and most downloaded apps of 2021

Apple has revealed the 2021 App Store Award winners which celebrates the 15 best apps and games which gave users the ability to delve into personal passions, find a creative outlet, connect with friends and family, enjoy experiences and simply have fun.

The list of this year’s winners includes developers from around the world.

Their apps and games were chosen by Apple’s global App Store editorial team for delivering quality, innovative technology, excellent design and a positive impact on the community

Included in the winners list is Australian’s very own Canva.

2021 App Store Award Winners


Toca Life World

iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, from Toca Boca.

iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, from LumaTouch.

Mac App of the Year: Craft, from Luki Labs Limited.

Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN, from DAZN Group.

Carrot Weather

Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr.


iPhone Game of the Year: “League of Legends: Wild Rift”, from Riot Games.

Marvel Fusion

iPad Game of the Year: “MARVEL Future Revolution”, from Netmarble Corporation.


Mac Game of the Year: “Myst”, from Cyan.

Apple TV Game of the Year: “Space Marshals 3”, from Pixelbite.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantasian”, from Mistwalker.

Trend of the Year: Connection

In addition to recognising the best apps and games on Apple devices, Apple’s global App Store editors name a Trend of the Year. The goal is to identify a movement that had lasting impact on people’s lives, and to recognise the stand-out apps and games that met that moment. The top trend of 2021 is ‘Connection’. This year’s trend winners brought people together in meaningful ways — while meeting social, personal and professional needs for users around the world.


“Among Us!” From Innersloth
With a mix of cooperation and competition, “Among Us! cultivated community through bite-sized matches that urged users to talk — and listen — to each other via banter, bluffing and teamwork.

Bumble, from Bumble Inc.
Bumble met the moment by adding and enhancing features designed to bridge the gap for users hoping to date, forge platonic friendships and broaden their professional networks — all while fostering women-powered conversations.


Canva, from Canva
Offering elegantly simple design tools and gorgeous templates, Canva helps users tap into their entrepreneurial spirit by making design simple for professionals, students, jobseekers, community leaders and teams of every kind.

EatOkra, from Anthony Edwards Jr and Janique Edwards
EatOkra built a robust, user-driven guide to more than 11,000 Black-owned eateries that helps people find tasty ways to invest in their community.

Peanut, from Peanut App Limited
By launching social audio Pods led by experts on everything from pregnancy and menopause to relationships and self-care, Peanut is creating space for honest conversations on every aspect of womanhood at every stage of life.

Most Downloaded Apps on the App Store in Australia for 2021: 

Top Free iPhone Apps

  1. Express Plus Medicare
  2. Check In Qld
  3. Service NSW
  4. Service Victoria
  5. myGovID
  6. Instagram
  7. TikTok
  8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  9. Snapchat
  10. Facebook

Top Paid iPhone Apps

  1. WikiCamps Australia
  2. The Wonder Weeks
  3. Monash University FODMAP diet
  4. TripView – Sydney & Melbourne
  5. Forest – Your Focus Motivation
  6. Procreate Pocket
  7. Rain Parrot
  8. TouchRetouch
  9. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  10. 75 Hard

Top Free iPhone Games

  1. Among Us!
  2. Project Makeover
  3. Water Sort Puzzle
  4. Roblox
  5. High Heels!
  6. 8 Ball Pool™
  7. Subway Surfers
  8. Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D
  9. Parking Jam 3D
  10. Stacky Dash

Top Paid iPhone Games 

  1. Minecraft
  2. Bloons TD 6
  3. Heads Up!
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Monopoly
  6. True Skate
  7. Geometry Dash
  8. Bloons TD 5
  9. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  10. My Child Lebensborn

Top Free iPad Apps 

  1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  3. Netflix
  4. Disney+
  5. Google Chrome
  6. Spotify New Music and Podcasts
  7. TikTok – – Videos, Music & LIVE
  8. Microsoft Teams
  9. The Calculator
  10. 7plus

Top Paid iPad Apps 

  1. Procreate
  2. GoodNotes 5
  3. Notability
  4. Book Creator for iPad
  5. WikiCamps Australia
  6. Toca Life: Hospital
  7. Teach Your Monster to Read
  8. Toca Life: Neighborhood
  9. Popplet
  10. Green Screen by Do Ink

Top Free iPad Games 

  1. Among Us!
  2. Roblox
  3. Phone Case DIY
  4. Project Makeover
  5. Hair Challenge
  6. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
  7. Chat Master!
  8. Bridge Race
  9. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush
  10. DOP 2: Delete One Part

Top Paid iPad Games 

  1. Minecraft
  2. Bloons TD 6
  3. Geometry Dash
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Monopoly
  6. True Skate
  7. Terraria
  8. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  9. Stardew Valley
  10. Five Nights at Freddy’s

Top Arcade Games

  1. Sonic Racing
  2. NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  3. Cut the Rope Remastered
  4. Skate City
  5. Sneaky Sasquatch
  6. Mini Motorways
  7. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
  8. PAC-MAN Party Royale
  9. Angry Birds Reloaded
  10. Hot Lava